England to benefit from Ella influence

Date published: June 7 2016

England skills coach Glen Ella believes that his new team will improve with every game.

England play Australia in the first of three Test matches this weekend and the former Wallabies full-back has only been working with the team since they arrived Down Under last week.

Ella told the official England Rugby website that he will work with the squad and focus on small parts of their game.

“The impact is minimal at this stage, it’s something that we have just got to work on and come that third Test we will hope that they have switched on,” said Ella.

“Talking with the guys – I equate it to golf when you are just adjusting different parts of your game and it feels awkward.

“It’s just those little things – moving players a bit closer, or a bit forward – just fiddling and that will be a bit uncomfortable – but that’s just a time thing."

Ella added that he has been impressed with what he has seen from the team.

“The skill levels are really good, I have been impressed with the squad in general. Their work ethic is fantastic,” he explained.

“We are not going to have a backline tomorrow that is capable of playing the way Australia does, that’s just not the way it is.

“We want to make this a pretty good series and we want to win this series – we don’t do this for practice, we want to win.”