MATT DAWSON has revealed the drive for perfection which sees him once more installed as England's number one scrum-half against Ire-land at Twickenham this weekend.
After starting the first two RBS Six Nations matches on the bench Dawson's extra snap and feisty demeanour has seen him overtake the unlucky Andy Gomarsall for what is likely to prove England's most challenging test since the World Cup.
But, in a revealing insight into the camaraderie within the England squad Dawson, who spent much of the last decade battling with Kyran Bracken for the scrumhalf spot, admitted that he owes his comeback in part to his current rival.
"I've never been a person who would say I've done it, I'll always want to improve," said Dawson.
"What's obvious about Gomarsall is that he has fantastic service and I want to get mine up to that level. So I pick his brains about it. What practice does he do? What specific weights?
"Over the last three or four weeks I have learned from that department. And he's been quizzing me about the experience I've got. Everyone now feeds off one another. We're all picking each other's brains and that's the way to set the standards even higher."