Six Nations: Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs says England are exactly where they want to be
Scrum-half Ben Youngs says England's Grand Slam decider in Cardiff is a sign of how far the side have come in a short space of time.
An England team, still in its infancy as a group under head coach Stuart Lancaster, need to beat Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday to complete a first clean sweep in 10 years.
The 23-year-old says just being in this position proves how quickly the squad have grown as a group and that belief and expectation are on the rise as a result.
"It's great to be in this position and shows where this team has come in a year," said Youngs. "We had a hard time on the South African tour (last summer) and took a few thumpings.
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"If someone had said, this time last year, we'd be here chasing a Grand Slam, everyone would have said it would be fantastic.
"The expectation within the camp is huge. It's great that the tournament has come down to the last game and that everyone, apart from the players, have been talking about it for a while.
"We have always had belief this season and it helps when you have three games at home. There is not a lot between the teams and home advantage has a huge say.
"We knew Ireland away was going to be tough and you could see the emotion on the guys' faces when we won the game.
"We're exactly where we want to be – although the Italy game was not pretty.
"We will go into the Welsh game knowing that we have got lots to work on. There's no arrogance, we simply need to get better to win at the weekend.
"If we had beaten Italy by quite a few points, it probably wouldn't have done us any good."
Youngs believes the Welsh side is full of quality and that they will be champing at the bit to end England's hopes of glory.
"They are a very good side. England are coming to town for a potential Grand Slam, so I don't think it will be too hard for them to get up for the game," said Youngs.
"They can win the championship too, so at least you know both teams will go out to win rather than one trying to stop the other. There is so much to look forward to.
"There isn't a huge amount of fear but a huge amount of respect for the challenge ahead.
"Since the second half of the Ireland game, Wales have continued from where they were this time last year.
"There's huge expectation on the game."