Billy Vunipola: England can be ‘massive force’ at 2015 World Cup

England's Billy Vunipola believes the Red Rose can be a "massive force" at 2015 World Cup after a 30-22 loss to All Blacks on Saturday

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster Photo: The Sport Review

Billy Vunipola believes England can be a “massive force” at the World Cup in 2015.

England produced a valiant display as Stuart Lancaster’s men matched New Zealand for the best part of their 30-22 loss at Twickenham on Saturday.

The All Blacks, who have won all 13 of their matches this year, took the autumn Test out of England’s reach courtesy of Julian Savea’s late try and Aaron Cruden’s flurry of points.

But number eight Vunipola, who was England’s star against the World Cup holders, feels the Red Rose are heading in the right direction ahead of their three-Test tour of New Zealand next summer.

“We can be a massive force in two years’ time. We’ve got a good team and coming to Twickenham is a pretty daunting task,’ Vunipola said.

“I’m not saying we’ll beat New Zealand next summer, but playing the best will improve us as a team.

“We’re nearly there, we’re going the right way, we’re going upwards, not standing still.

“We showed against New Zealand that they’re a great team, but they are just players.

“They’re not average players, they’re great players, but they’re players just like us and if you put them under enough stress, they will break.”

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