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No fatigue on NZ tour - Lancaster

16th March 2014 16:12

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has stated that his squad will not be weary by the time they arrive in New Zealand later this year.

Lancaster will be looking to build on a promising Six Nations campaign on England's three-Test tour against the world champions.

England will be without players participating in the Aviva Premiership final for the first Test at Eden Park in Auckland.

Fully aware of the tough challenge, Lancaster says that England are excited by the challenge ahead and that their season is not done yet.

"New Zealand is a very tough place to go, as people have found. There will be no end-of-season tiredness in us whatsoever," said Lancaster.

"We will go out there with all guns blazing and have a really good crack at it as we believe we can win down there.

"We pushed New Zealand close in the autumn and have beaten them once before.

"We have taken confidence from this Six Nations campaign and the momentum of our season in general.

"As long as we keep our momentum going the players should be peaking for the end of the season.

"I have restated to the players the point that the season finishes on June 21.

"The players are really excited by the tour. They have loved their time with England in this campaign and coming together as a group.

"Obviously there is frustration that we haven't quite got across the line in the Six Nations but that can be channelled into more positive performances in New Zealand."

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