Twickenham plays host to England’s final two matches of the Championship and the fallout from defeat by Scotland tomorrow, or by France seven days later, would have ramifications for the home World Cup six months later.
It is imperative England extend their winning run in the capital to five matches knowing that all but one of their fixtures at the sport’s global showpiece will be staged in south-west London.
Having digested the lessons arising from a one-sided loss at the Aviva Stadium, Ford insists they are intent on producing an immediate reaction.
“Losing has not come into our minds whatsoever. As a team we never think about losing and we’re always very positive at Twickenham,” said Ford.
“Coming off the back of a loss, we know that we need a big performance and a big result. We’ve trained that way and are all very much looking forward to it.
“We’re going into the game looking for a really good performance. That will always be our aim and our goal.
“First and foremost we need the win. Whatever way we get that, it’s vital we get it.
“But obviously we want to go out there and put in a good performance and have a good reaction.
“We did a lot of good things against Ireland in the last 20 minutes, but it’s about doing it for the full 80 minutes and also going out there and enjoying ourselves.
“It’s not all bad. We lost in Dublin and we didn’t play to our best, but still we have a very positive mindset going into these last two games.
“We still have a chance of winning the Championship.”