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Lancaster ready for Kiwis

Stuart Lancaster says England 'will take momentum' with them on their summer tour to the southern Hemisphere, despite just missing out on winning the Six Nations Championship.

England's head coach is certainly upbeat, after seeing his side win four straight matches but missed out on the title after losing the opening game in Paris where France snatched a last-gasp try to seal the victory.

The highlight of their Six Nations' campaign was a first Triple Crown triumph in 11 years and Lancaster insists progress has been made ahead of their trip to New Zealand in June.

Lancaster said: "New Zealand is a very tough place to go, as people have found. There will be no end-of-season tiredness in us whatsoever.

"We will go out there with all guns blazing and have a really good crack at it as we believe we can win down there.

"We pushed New Zealand close in the autumn and have beaten them once before.

"We have taken confidence from this Six Nations campaign and the momentum of our season in general.

"As long as we keep our momentum going the players should be peaking for the end of the season.

"I have restated to the players the point that the season finishes on June 21.

"The players are really excited by the tour. They have loved their time with England in this campaign and coming together as a group.

"Obviously there is frustration that we haven't quite got across the line in the Six Nations but that can be channelled into more positive performances in New Zealand."