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England coach Stuart Lancaster believes his young side is moving in the right direction following Saturday’s battling 20-13 win over Australia.
The boss has regularly spoken of how important he thinks the current Autumn Internationals are to his team’s development ahead of the 2015 World Cup and again experimented with a number of inexperienced players for the clash with the Wallabies.
In the end though it was two regulars who sealed the win with skipper Chris Robshaw and the maturing Owen Farrell grabbing tries, while fly-half Farrell also recovered from a few nervy moments from the kicking tee to convert both touchdowns.
England face Argentina next week before getting a chance to try and repeat last year’s famous victory over New Zealand in their final match of the autumn.
These are exciting times for Lancaster’s team as they now appear to have significant depth in almost every position, a luxury they haven’t always had since the 2003 World Cup triumph a decade ago.
The Cumbrian must undoubtedly receives praise for his willingness to blood young players and set long term goals such as the World Cup, which of course his side will be the host nation in 2015.
The 44-year-old admits he is pleased with how his team is developing and despite some edgy moments, has praised their composure against an extremely talented Wallabies outfit.
“I’m pleased to get the win,” said Lancaster. “We conceded a couple of penalties and a soft try, but I was pleased with the composure we showed in the second half.
“We had a lot of young lads making their first starts at Twickenham. I think we deserved it in the end.”