21st Jan, 2018

Wasps trio help England make history in Australia

Steve Carpenter 20th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WASPS trio James Haskell, Joe Launchbury and Elliot Daly all played their part as England recorded an historic series victory over Australia on Saturday.

England defeated Australia 23-7 in Melbourne a week after tasting success in Brisbane, with Haskell playing 71 minutes while Launchbury and Daly all came on as late replacements.

The final test of the series takes place in Sydney this Saturday and England head coach, Eddie Jones, has challenged his side to complete a 3-0 whitewash.

“We are looking forward to winning the series 3-0,” said Jones. “We came here to win the series 3-0 and that’s what we are going to do.

“The boys started talking about it on the field, they are committed to doing that, we have a few players who have bumps and bruises so we will have to look at our selection very carefully but we have a great squad of 32 and will start preparing for that third Test on Monday.

“We want to be the best team in the world. We know Australia will come back at us, they are a well-coached, driven team. We are anticipating a feisty encounter in Sydney.”

Jones reservede speical praise for Wasps star Haskell and man-of-the-match Chris Robshaw who also made his 50th appearance for his country.

“They are outstanding team men,” Jones added. “I’ve never seen a team so pleased for Robbo to get his 50th cap and win man-of-the-match.

“I saw someone compare him to (2003 World Cup winner) Richard Hill and that is what he is like. He does all the unseen stuff. Makes good tackles and has bounced back well from the World Cup. We are all delighted for him.

“It’s a win for English rugby, the fans, the RFU. “We are all in this together. Young kids instead of wanting to be Dele Alli or Harry Kane they might want to be Anthony Watson or Jonathan Joseph.

“The power of having a strong national team will encourage kids to play rugby and we want these kids to play rugby and to want to play for England.”


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