England’s Andy Farrell sets Red Rose autumn challenge

England coach Andy Farrell wants to see the Red Rose to show they have to the potential to win Six Nations this autumn

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster The Sport Review

Andy Farrell is hoping to witness the making of a future Six Nations-winning team in next month’s autumn internationals.

Stuart Lancaster’s side, which were brushed aside in the 2013 finale by champions Wales, are preparing to face Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham.

Lancaster has picked a young squad, including Marland Yarde, Matt Kvesic and Freddie Burns, who all impressed on tour in Argentina this summer.

And in the absence of injured centres Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt the inexperienced trio of Joel Tomkins, Henry Trinder and Luther Burrell will compete to impress.

Eight of the squad also played a part in the British & Irish Lions tour Down Under and Farrell believes the combination of experience and youth will set them up well for the future.

“I think we are in a better place than anyone,” Farrell told the Express. “I don’t know about golden generation. There is potential there and that is where we are as a team.

“We have to go through this to see if we can turn potential into reality.”

Next month’s final clash is a particularly exciting one for England, as they look to repeat last year’s scalp of World Cup champions New Zealand.

The All Blacks head to Twickenham off the back of an unbeaten Rugby Championship campaign but Farrell is excited to pit England’s youngsters against the world’s best.

“It’s been well documented in world sport that they are right up there and to have another crack at them at Twickenham is fantastic for our boys,” he added.

“They epitomise what top-line sport is all about and what they achieved in Johannesburg was fantastic.

“The question is are they beatable? Yes they are. Part of their strength is that they know that they are beatable, which is why last year will be ringing in their ears, I have no doubt about that.”

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