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Lancaster faces selection headache

18th June 2014 07:25

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STUART LANCASTER ENGLAND CAPTAINS RUN

Lancaster: Praised England's showing against the Crusaders

England boss Stuart Lancaster has a selection headache after several players impressed in Tuesday's 38-7 victory over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Fielding an experimental side, England scored six tries against the seven-time Super Rugby champions.

Lancaster admitted that several players, who faced the Crusaders, enhanced their chances of facing the All Blacks in Saturday's final Test in Hamilton.

"All 23 lads performed well, I was desperate for them to do well because they'd worked hard and waited patiently for their opportunity," he told Sky Sports.

"I was just hoping that they would put in a performance that would make them proud and us proud and I thought they delivered that.

"The Crusaders were a tough side and they really played with such pride but I would have taken that score line at the start of the day."

Lancaster singled out Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic for special praise.

"For me the man-of-the-match was Matt Kvesic, I thought he was outstanding, the best game I've seen him play in a long time," said Lancaster.

"But there will be others when we look back at the tapes I'm sure."

Lancaster confirmed that Freddie Burns - who started at fly-half in the first Test in Auckland - will wear the number 10 jersey in Hamilton after first-choice pivot Owen Farrell was ruled out with a knee injury.

"Obviously it's hugely disappointing for Owen because he wanted to finish the season with the third Test, but these things happen," the coach said.

'Freddie and whoever we decide for the bench slot now has another opportunity.

"The challenge facing Freddie is to back up that performance that he produced in the first Test into the third Test. I'm confident he'll be ready."

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