'We needed to be braver': England's new mindset has them set for Japan

Centres Slade and Lawrence embody attacking philosophy which will be in evidence again in Saturday's Test in Tokyo

As recently as four months ago England were caught between two stools. Their desire to play a different brand of rugby was not being matched by their on-field execution and they had just been beaten 30-21 in Scotland. It had the feel of a genuine sliding-doors moment and a clear-the-air meeting was duly convened.

The bottom line was simple. There was significant talent in the backline which was not being sufficiently utilised. A collective change of mindset was required if England were going to fulfil their attacking potential, as one of the team's new vice-captains Henry Slade recalled this week.

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