Johnson: No panic over Wales loss

ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson is refusing to panic at his team’s apparent sudden regression, having had time to digest Saturday’s defeat in Wales.

Johnson’s men went into their penultimate World Cup warm-up with a measure of confidence, having won the RBS Six Nations during a 12-month spell of major improvements.

But despite dominating possession and territory at the Millennium Stadium they failed to score a try and had to swallow a morale-denting 19-9 reverse.

“We were disappointed and frustrated on Saturday, but this team has won a Six Nations Championship and it has won a Test in the southern hemisphere,” said Johnson.

“We know there are areas we can get better at but we are not going to throw out all the good things we have done. There is a lot we can be better at and Dublin is another chance to get things right.”

Johnson is on holiday this week as he prepares to finalise his 30-man World Cup squad on Monday, before a final preparatory match against Ireland on Saturday week.