Motivated Tipuric out to deny red rose

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Justin Tipuric freely admits Wales will not lack motivation when they tackle grand slam-chasing England at the Millennium Stadium.

But the flanker also accepts just how tough a task awaits the reigning Six Nations champions against the only unbeaten team in this season’s tournament.

A win or draw would see Wales deny England their first clean sweep since 2003, but victory by seven points or more would also rip the title from red rose captain Chris Robshaw’s grasp.

Recent Six Nations history between the countries shows that England have won only two of the last six meetings, although six previous Millennium Stadium encounters in the competition have been shared 3-3.

“We are just concentrating on our job and trying to win the game, that’s the biggest thing,” said Tipuric.

“It is about making sure the scoreboard is ticking over. You can’t go straight out there and try to get a massive lead in 10 minutes – it’s not possible.

“It is motivation whenever you play England, you want to win the game. Obviously, being at home as well, and trying to stop them from getting the grand slam is a major motivation. But it is not going to be easy.”

Tipuric, 24, and fellow openside specialist Sam Warburton start a Test match together for the first time, with their battle at the breakdown and contact area with England flankers Robshaw and Tom Croft expected to prove critical.

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