Saturday 21 October 2017

Lancaster praises England's rising stars

Argentina 26, England 51

England head coach Stuart Lancaster closed the file on a successful tour of South America and stamped it: Mission Accomplished.

Lancaster described the 2-0 Test series victory over Argentina as a "critical" staging post in England's development towards the 2015 World Cup, which they host.

Not only did Lancaster's young England side deliver the results but he has also developed the strength in depth he was after, with Matt Kvesic, Christian Wade, Marland Yarde, who scored two tries, and Kyle Eastmond proving they are ready for Test rugby.

He said: "It's a pleasing step forward. This tour was always going to be critical in our development towards 2015 because it gave the opportunity to bring other players through.

"It gives me confidence and also reassurance that the direction we are going in is the right one.

"I was always confident that we had quality players coming through the pipeline. They have played in big games in the Premiership and in Europe and now they are making the step from club to country.

"One of our goals was to win all four games on tour, including the Barbarians game. Objective one achieved.

"Objective two was to develop other options and look at increasing our selection decisions, which has also been achieved."

Irish Independent

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