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England make 2015 vow

England's players have promised each other they will bounce back from their Six Nations heartache and come back stronger next year.

Stuart Lancaster's side were agonisingly pipped to the title by Ireland over the weekend, despite winning four of their five matches, ultimately left to rue their opening day defeat in France.

England did claim the Triple Crown after impressive wins over Scotland, Ireland and Wales before a thumping victory over Italy in Rome on Saturday laid down a marker for their summer tour of New Zealand.

But captain Chris Robshaw is already looking beyond that to next year, where England will be pushing to go one better in the Six Nations before going for glory at the World Cup, which is being held on home soil.

"We made a vow to each other in Rome on Saturday that next year is going to be our year," said the Harlequins flanker in the Daily Telegraph.

"We are judged on silverware and, whilst it was special to win the Triple Crown this season, we desperately want to take the next step in 2015 and win the Six Nations Championship.

"Then our sights will be set on the World Cup.

"While it is hugely frustrating to have finished on eight points and in second place for a third successive season, what gives me heart is that although we have not improved on our final position, I feel as a team we have come on leaps and bounds."