Joseph backs Lancaster plan

Date published: March 6 2015

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Despite suffering a first Six Nations defeat, England centre Jonathan Joseph is enjoying the style of play used by Stuart Lancaster.

The Red Rose went down 19-9 in Dublin last Sunday, failing to cope with a barrage of high balls and relentless kick-chasing from Ireland.

Joseph, who had looked so dangerous in England's opening two fixtures against Wales and Italy, found himself restricted to a more limited role, being given little chance to show his threat as a strike runer.

However Joseph believes Lancaster's philosophy has given him a lot of freedom and has backed England to respond against Scotland next weekend.

"I love the way we play here at England, like Bath as well. We look to play and break down defences with our attacking shape,” he told Sky Sports.

"Ultimately that's where I feel I get the most out of myself as a player. I like to have my hands on the ball, exploit space and move defenders around. That's why I play rugby ultimately.

"That's the most enjoyment I get out of it. Other teams like different things, they work for them. They executed it well on the day and it worked out for them.

"As a team, we could have performed a lot better. We know the areas we need to improve, the boys are just excited about the Scotland challenge," he added.

"From that game, there's a lot we can take out on an individual level and a team level.

"There's a lot of areas we can get better and looking at the clips there are areas we could see the opportunities if we'd got things right.

"It opens your eyes as to what is out there and what you can improve on.

"There's definitely an emotional thing (to defeat). As soon as the game's finished and you've lost, you want the next game to come round a lot quicker.

"You want that win, you want to put right the wrongs. It's definitely frustrating and the boys are a bit down, but we've got to train hard and prepare well for Scotland."

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