Cole out to make amends for 2011

Date published: July 24 2015

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England tighthead prop Dan Cole feels relaxed ahead of his second Rugby World Cup but is motivated to make up for the dire tournament in 2011.

A disastrous campaign on and off the field saw the 2003 champions crash out in the quarter-finals in New Zealand.

Despite that outcome Cole is using the experience to prepare for the tournament on home soil as England continue their preparation in Denver in the United States.

Taking a more relaxed approach this time around, the 53-cap Leicester forward admits there is a sense of expectation within the camp to achieve something speical.

“The main difference is probably just that you feel a bit more comfortable," Cole told the England Rugby website.

“You are aware of the pressures that come with leading up to a World Cup. You know what to expect from the training camp, for example, because you’ve been through it once already.

“Excitement is just the same, if not greater, because those of us that were there last time didn’t have the greatest experience.

"We expect this time round to be much better and you want it more because you’ve already been at one.

“This chance doesn’t come around very often and after underperforming at the last World Cup, we want to get this one totally right.”

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