Stuart Lancaster praises England development over the autumn

England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaks after England finish their autumn series on a high with a 26-17 win over Australia

Stuart Lancaster says that England can take a lot of positives out of this autumn ahead of next year’s Six Nations and the World Cup.

The England head coach was speaking after his side’s 26-17 victory over Australia in their final match of the QBE autumn international series.

The progress up front in the scrum, and George Ford’s emergence in the team, have been a real bonus.

Stuart Lancaster

And after responding to defeats against New Zealand and South Africa with wins over Samoa and the Wallabies, Lancaster was keen to highlight his team’s development.

“The progression of players has been a real bonus for us,” said Lancaster.

“We’ve got seven British Lions missing at the moment and they’re all getting fit now, but the progress up front in the scrum, and George Ford’s emergence in the team, have been a real bonus.”

Highlighting Ford’s development as a particular plus, Lancaster added: “The accuracy of his kicking game was spot on. Defensively he stood up well, and his attacking game is only going to get better.”

But despite a home World Cup looming on the horizon, the England head coach was eager not to look too far ahead.

“The tournament will look after itself when it comes around,” he said. “For us, the target will be the next game.”

That next game sees the Red Rose travel to Cardiff on 6th February for the curtain-raiser for the 2015 Six Nations.

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