Six Nations - Pressure 'all on England' ahead of Cardiff decider

Wales forward Ian Evans said England will be under pressure when the pacesetters travel to Cardiff for the Six Nations decider.

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Wales' Ian Evans (R) tackles Italy's Andrea Masi during their Six Nations rugby match at the Olympic stadium in Rome (Reuters)

An England win will guarantee Stuart Lancaster's inexperienced side the Grand Slam but Wales can defend their crown with a victory by at least eight points, or seven so long as England do not outscore them by three tries.

"I would say the pressure is on England," second row forward Evans said.

"They are coming to Wales to play for a grand slam and that is a hell of a lot of pressure," said Evans, fully aware the 70,000 plus crowd at the Millennium Stadium will create an even more fervent atmosphere than usual.

Evans said the experience in the Welsh side, compared to the lack of it among the England camp, could turn the result in the hosts' favour. Most of the England side have never played at the cauldron of noise in Cardiff.

"We went to Twickenham to win the Triple Crown and most of the boys felt the pressure then but we came through it," he said of the Welsh triumph over England last year.

"We have got that experience but it's unknown territory for the English boys coming here for the Grand Slam."

England last claimed the Six Nations title in 2011 but have not finished with a perfect five wins since 2003, when they went on to win a first World Cup trophy.

England last claimed the Six Nations title in 2011 but have not finished with a perfect five wins since 2003, when they went on to win the only World Cup so far to be claimed by a northern hemisphere side.

Loose forward Tom Wood, who won on debut in Cardiff in 2011, has advised his England team mates not to get flustered by the pre-match racket in the stadium.

"There is a lot of noise. You have your side of the field to warm up on and there are often bands playing and an awful lot going on. It can be a little bit unsettling at times," said the number eight.

"I don't know if it is a deliberate ploy to try and unsettle your warm-up routine or if it is because there is a confined space and they are looking to get as much going on as possible."

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