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England to use All Black losses as motivation



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England head coach Stuart Lancaster says that England players will use the heavy loss to the All Blacks in the third Test as motivation to ensure that it does not happen again.

England played four matches on tour in New Zealand and were only able to beat the Crusaders in a midweek match.

The opening Test match between New Zealand’s All Blacks was lost in the 78th minute when the hosts scored a late try to win the match 20-15.

The second Test proved to be a much closer affair although for 15 minutes in the second half England went missing and then had to mount a late comback only to lose 28-27.

In the third Test match the All Blacks almost brushed England aside in the opening half and went on to win 36-13.

“If anything, this defeat should fire a steely determination to never let it happen again,” Lancaster told the BBC.

“We were beaten by a better team and this series has been challenging.

“I’d be very surprised if there are any players who believe the loss has dented their self-belief to a point where they don’t believe they can achieve.

England open their Autumn International series on the 8th of November with a Test against the All Blacks and even though they have lost their last four matches to New Zealand they remain the only team to have beaten the All Blacks since the Rugby World Cup.

England beat New Zealand 38-21 at Twickenham in December 2012 and they will be hoping for a similar result ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

“I’ll ensure the players use it as strong motivation rather than allowing it to develop into a negative mindset,” said Lancaster.

Lancaster said that even though they lost the series 3-0 there are still plenty of positives to take from the tour.

“We have definitely learned a lot about the players and we have made some good progress throughout the course of the season,” he said.

“What’s happened here does not deviate from the overall objective of getting the team ready for 2015.

“I wouldn’t say some players have had their last chance, but certainly we’ve learned who can consistently deliver at this level.”

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