Lawrence Dallaglio has urged England to defeat their November Test rivals and set the tone for their World Cup campaign next year.
Lawrence Dallaglio has urged England to defeat their November Test rivals and set the tone for their Rugby World Cup campaign next year on home soil.
Stuart Lancaster’s side host New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia next months in the next phase of their build-up before 2015.
And former England captain Dallaglio believes that winning as many games as possible at Twickenham before their opener with Fiji is key.
South Africa are the only team Lancaster’s England have yet to defeat on the international stage and Dallaglio views them as the scalp.
“England need to beat South Africa,” he said.
“The last time they played them at Twickenham in 2012 they were properly beaten up, but this England side is much stronger now.
“Going into the World Cup you want to make sure you can beat every side, which makes that fixture fascinating.
“To win a World Cup you probably have to play and beat two of the southern hemisphere sides.
“If England came away with two out of three southern hemisphere victories, that would show they are genuine World Cup contenders.
“Of course it would be lovely if we were Six Nations champions next year, but I’d be more concerned if they were losing at Twickenham.
“If England win every game at Twickenham they’ll win the World Cup. That’s what home advantage gives you. Reconfirming that less than a year away would be good
“England haven’t won anything, but they’re a team that’s getting better and better.”