Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lancaster Is Keen to Learn from Test Losses

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lancaster Is Keen to Learn from Test Losses

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STUART Lancaster has vowed the crushing end to England's tour of New Zealand will motivate his players to ensure they never allow it to happen again.

A series which had been competitive across the first two Tests ended in a 36-13 mauling at the Waikato Stadium which gave the All Blacks a 3-0 whitewash and a record-equalling 17th successive victory.

The error-ridden first half was possibly the worst of Lancaster's reign and England must wait four months before they can make amends, New Zealand's visit to Twickenham launching their autumn schedule.

Lancaster said: "We were beaten by a better team and this series has been challenging.

"If anything, this defeat should fire a steely determination never to let it happen again.

"I'd be very surprised if there are any players who believe the loss has dented their self-belief to a point where they don't believe they can achieve.

"I'll ensure the players use it as strong motivation rather than allowing to it develop into a negative mindset. …

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