England’s strong finish to the Six Nations 2014 rugby championship has given coach Stuart Lancaster confidence heading into the June Internationals, can England beat the All Blacks in New Zealand?
England won their last four Six Nations 2014 games although it is hard to know how much to read into any wins over Scotland and Italy.
But maybe there is some room for optimism from coach Stuart Lancaster, despite not winning the Six Nations 2014.
England won the Triple Crown and according to ESPN Scrum www.scrum.com “England beat more than twice as many defenders this 6 Nations than last year”. It is consolation only since Ireland won the Six Nations 2014, but it shows that England may finally have some genuinely dangerous ball running players including Billy Vunipola, Mike Brown and Manu Tuilagi to match the Southern Hemisphere teams. There is plenty riding on the June Internationals 2014 with any England victory likely to provide a psychological boost before Rugby World Cup 2015.
I am pleased Stuart Lancaster has the confidence that his team can win in New Zealand because if any coach doesn’t believe in his team then the team is already beaten before they go onto the paddock! It will also make it more satisfying for the New Zealanders if the All Blacks win. The All Blacks haven’t lost a domestic test match at home since 2009 when they lost to France, and haven’t lost to England in New Zealand since 2003, so England will have their work cut out in three tests in Auckland, Dunedin and Hamilton.
Can England beat the All Blacks in New Zealand in the June Internationals 2014?