Stuart Lancaster backs extension to England’s tour of South Africa

Stuart Lancaster is backing the RFU's decision to add a further two fixtures to England's tour of South Africa this summer

By Sportsbeat
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England coach Stuart Lancaster has backed the RFU’s decision to add a further two fixtures to their tour of South Africa this summer and insists his troops will benefit from the challenge.

Lancaster, who took over on a permanent basis following a successful Six Nations campaign, will embark on his first southern hemisphere tour in charge and is confident that his side will be able to cope with the extra workload.

Originally, the 2011 Six Nations champions were scheduled to play just three Tests in Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth but will now line up against sides assembled from the south and north of South Africa in Kimberley and Potchefstroom respectively.

The clash in Kimberley, against a Barbarians South XV, will take place on 13 June in between the first and second Test while they will tackle a Barbarians North outfit six days later.

“This will be a massive and exciting challenge for us,” said Lancaster.

“England have never had a three-Test series in South Africa and, with two midweek games against opponents who will be desperate to impress, these five games gives us a great opportunity for a wider group of players to put their hat in the ring and gain international experience.

“We were pleased with the progress we made in the Six Nations and this tour is another important step on the journey towards 2015.”

© Sportsbeat 2012


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