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Launchbury vows to take it to the limit; RUGBY Duncan Bech.

JOE Launchbury insists England will continue to drag opponents into "dark places" as they head into the final rounds of a nailbiting RBS 6 Nations.

Launchbury's remarkable display of endurance in Saturday's 13-10 victory over Ireland was among the highlights of a potentially defining Red Rose performance under head coach Stuart Lancaster.

When the final whistle sounded after 80 minutes of compelling and nerve-shredding action, the spent Wasps lock could only place hands on knees and bury his head in the chest of teammate Henry Thomas. Launchbury's tank-emptying shift typi-fied the commitment of an England pack that he declares will run themselves into the ground to break the will of their opponents.

"The key is that in every international you try to get yourself into that place of exhaustion. That's what enables us to win games," Launcbury said. "We pride ourselves on being a pack who can play this all-court game and can run around and take teams to dark places.

"That's what we tried to do against Ireland and obviously it's hard work on ourselves, but hopefully you see the impact it makes on the opposition as well."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 25, 2014
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