England fly-half Owen Farrell believes that his side have made a good start to their Six Nations preparations and are better together than this time last year.
"As a group we feel like we have the ground running this week," Farrell told Sky Sports.
The 21-year-old believes that England can build on the successes of the Autumn Internationals after their historic victory over New Zealand at Twickenham.
"Last year it was almost like starting from scratch, learning basic calls and getting to know each other and so on. I feel like this year we know each other, everybody gets along well and we have a great set of lads that are willing to out there and put their bodies on the line for each other."
"It does not matter if there are expectations on us or not, we are only looking at each of the challenges," he said. "The first challenge is Scotland, so we have got to put all our attention on that. Then the week after the challenge will be Ireland, so we will look at that and do the same. That is how we've got to do it, we've got to take it step by step."
Farrell has landed 109 points in 12 tests but insists that the pressure will not affect his game.
"As kicker you just prepare the best that you can," he said. "It is just another kick when you are out there. If it goes well, it goes well; if it doesn't then you move on as there is always the next kick. You just concentrate on the now."