“Good…but could be better”. These were the words used by England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster to describe England’s performances over the autumn season. England had started the series impressively with a solid performance against Australia in a rematch of the 2003 world cup final. A good win against Argentina followed a week later before the All Blacks came to town last Saturday. England put in a respectable effort against without question the best national rugby union side in the world, but lost 30-22.
Performances that particularly impressed me were that of Full back Brown and centre Wood. The relationship between Wood and Robshaw worked well in all three games and the combination is sure to come about again when the Six Nations return at the start of the New Year.
From the three performances I gained both excitement and more charisma that we can mount a good challenge for the World Cup on our own shores in 2015. The All Blacks didn’t dominate like they have in previous years and with the team bonding and working well as a unit I believe we can be dark horses in the tournament in two years’ time.
A tough pool awaits the Red Roses, with Australia and Wales to play just to get into the quarter Finals- we are certainly in the group of death. The confidence level to progress must surely have risen after the autumn internationals though in many fans hearts.
It is still a long wait until we get to 2015 and it won’t be too long until the Six Nations return, and England must be confident to end the mini dominance Wales have had in the tournament over the past couple of years. I am sure we will win the Six Nations and be a force to reckon with over the next two or more years.
Is 2003 repeating itself- will we have a team of world champions come 2015? Well the way we are going I’m sure that will be answered with a confident YES.
So going back to Lancaster’s point of improvement- its a little harsh… but every team can improve (even NZ) and our improvement will be that we will keep the World Cup trophy home in 2015…