Planet Rugby

England look ahead to NZ tour

17th November 2013 18:03


chris robshaw joe launchbury england new zealand

Open: Robshaw and Launchbury

England captain Chris Robshaw, who staggered into the press conference sporting a black eye literally the size and colour of half a cricket ball, is already relishing the prospect of England's three-match tour to New Zealand next year.

"They're already calling me Nelson," joked Robshaw after the 33-20 loss to the All Blacks on Saturday.

"Look there's a deflated dressing room down there, but in the cold light of day, the guys will realise we put in a performance of high quality, and, in defeat, we probably played the best rugby we've played all season.

"If we can capture that experience, we will improve. We have seen just how good New Zealand are and we have four opportunities against them in the next twelve months.

"We'll go into those with relish, get some of our injured guy back in the side, and look to improve. There is not much more you can do than that."

England's back row wrecking ball, Billy Vunipola, suggested accuracy was a failing in England's execution.

"We got a lot of things right but it was so frustrating for the final pass to go astray, and also to lose so many line outs at the end," said Vunipola.

"We were pretty fed up with some of the comments flying around in the week, about being underdogs and not having a chance, so I was delighted when the first kick off came straight to me, and then they kept restarting into my arm! I relish the contact and drive, so I was having a lot of fun returning those kicks!"

Try scorer Joe Launchbury, a towering presence in every aspect of England's play, underlined the ambition of Lancaster's team and frustration in conceding the last scores.

"As a group we came into the November tests targeting three wins. I guess we have played well today, but still not well enough to win," said Launchbury.

"However, we are on a learning curve and we'll take a lot from the performance against a side that's not been beaten for 12 months."

by James While at Twickenham

Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins vs Leicester19:45
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs Sale15:00
Bath vs Worcester15:00
Wasps vs Gloucester15:15
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London Irish14:00
Newcastle vs Saracens15:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Friday , April 18
Leinster vs Benetton Treviso17:00
Glasgow vs Ulster19:35
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs Edinburgh14:30
Connacht vs Munster18:15
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs Scarlets14:00
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Ospreys16:45
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs Montpellier20:45
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 18
Hurricanes vs BluesHurricanes vs Blues Preview
Melbourne Rebels vs Western Force19:40
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs Crusaders19:35
Waratahs vs Bulls19:00
Sharks vs Cheetahs15:00
Stormers vs Lions17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
Edinburgh 22 - 29 Cardiff BluesEdinburgh vs Cardiff Blues Report
Ospreys 25 - 19 LeinsterOspreys vs Leinster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Highlanders 27 - 20 BullsHighlanders vs Bulls Report
Reds 20 - 23 BrumbiesReds vs Brumbies Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
3Leicester Tigers1963