Six Nations: England must show New Zealand form says Johnson

England flanker Tom Johnson hopes Stuart Lancaster's team can take the form they showed in November's win over New Zealand into the Six Nations.

The Exeter man, 30, made his England bow in South Africa last summer and was named in the 33-man squad this week.

"We felt the win was coming over those four games and to get one over New Zealand really drove us on," he told BBC South West Sport.

"We need to kick on in camp and hit the ground running for the Six Nations."

A lot of rugby fans just watch the Six Nations so to be involved in the build-up to it and squad is going to be great

Tom Johnson England flanker

Johnson started all three Test matches in South Africa and played in the first two autumn internationals against Fiji and Australia.

He was dropped after England's loss to Australia and has not featured in a match day squad since.

"It's definitely an aim of mine to be in and around that England squad and to be named in it again is really pleasing," Johnson said.

"A lot of rugby fans just watch the Six Nations so to be involved in the build-up to it and squad is going to be great.

"I've never faced any of the Six Nations teams before. It's always been the premier competition in the northern hemisphere and something I've always watched since I can first remember."

Johnson is out of contract at Exeter this summer, but says he does not want to leave Sandy Park.

"I've been an Exeter boy for six years now, this is where my rugby is and and what's got me into the top league," he said.

"It'd be great to stay here if possible."