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Lancaster looks to the autumn

Head coach Stuart Lancaster is trying to remain positive, as he looks ahead to the autumn international series, following England’s three-nil defeat in New Zealand.

After narrow losses to the All Blacks in the opening two Tests, England suffered a heavy 23-point hammering in the third and final game in Hamilton on Saturday.

Asked about New Zealand's dominance in the series, Lancaster said: \"What they do better than us is that they finish those line breaks.

\"And if you take Aaron Smith's tries he has that ability to pass quickly and track on the inside and the support lines are excellent. There are certainly some lessons to be learnt there.\"

As for England's immediate future, Lancaster added: \"We must apply the lessons now and the players now know what it takes to win at the highest level.

\"Overall, our attacking play has developed well over the past 12 months.

\"But we must use the pre-season well and start of the season, and encourage our top-end players to play with the intensity that they have just been through so when we get to the autumn series - against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa, Australia - we hit the ground running.\"