Updated: 30/06/2012 13:24 | By pa.press.net

Haskell demands further improvement



James Haskell is confident England can take a positive attitude away from their Tests against South Africa

James Haskell is confident England can take a positive attitude away from their Tests against South Africa

James Haskell believes England still have some way to go despite showing considerable signs of improvement during their tour of South Africa.

Stuart Lancaster's revamped side maintained the progress they began in this year's RBS 6 Nations with three battling displays in their Test matches against the Springboks but still lost the series 2-0. Haskell, who made an impressive international return in Saturday's battling 14-14 draw in Port Elizabeth, feels he knows the areas the team needs to work on.

The 27-year-old flanker said: "To draw or win against a southern hemisphere side is pretty special, especially on their own turf. Moving towards the autumn internationals, hopefully this has been a big step, but I think we have got to be a bit more creative in attack. We have got to test teams a bit more."

He added: "We have got the physicality and the ability to finish. We have just got to be a bit smarter, get the likes of (Chris) Ashton and Manu (Tuilagi) running through holes rather than at people."

England will play the Springboks again during their autumn international programme later this year, as well as facing Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Haskell expects the current group of relatively inexperienced players to grow into a tougher unit.

"In terms of culture and character, this has helped as well," said Haskell, who by the autumn will be back in the English game with London Wasps after spells in Japan and New Zealand.

"You can look back and say that in the heat of the battle, in the fire of Port Elizabeth, we came together and we didn't take a backward step. We didn't have the polish we wanted but we were certainly positive.

"Every time you take to the field you gain a bit more knowledge about what it takes to win in international rugby. I think we will be a bit more settled.

"To push South Africa like we did in all these games, we have got to be pretty positive about that."

2Comments
25/06/2012 14:59
avatar
lead by example I say.  You weren't so hot on the day so don't criticise what is an unfinished team in the making.  Who knows you may not be taking part yourself in future games.  On the plus side a much improved performance all round with Tuilagi the main man followed closely by Goode.  Onwards and upwards boys you can do it.
avatar
Ive met  Haskell and used to think he was an asset to the England team. I now think he should do less with his gob and more with his rugby brain. He spoke too much during the world cup and is doing so again. If I had been half as good as he is, I would be showing the world how good my rugby was instead of judging everything about the current team. If I was the manager, I'd remove the option of the players always talking to the press and leave all that to the captain and himself. Come on England, I am forever England and wish to see us regain the world cup winners title.
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest rugby news

  • Former England and Gloucester winger James Simpson-Daniel has retired through injury

    Former England winger James Simpson-Daniel has announced his retirement because of an ankle injury, Gloucester Rugby confirmed on Tuesday.

  • Rhys Thomas retired from rugby in 2012

    Former Wales and Scarlets prop Rhys Thomas is undergoing surgery on Tuesday ahead of a heart transplant.

  • Johnny Sexton is a doubt for Ireland's autumn Test series after breaking his jaw

    Johnny Sexton faces a race against time to be fit for Ireland's autumn international Test series after breaking his jaw in club action with Racing Metro.

  • Nick Phipps will start for Australia

    Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has made four changes to his side to face South Africa as the Wallabies look to bounce back from their Rugby Championship drubbing against New Zealand.

  • Jon Fisher, centre, has joined Northampton Saints after leaving London Irish in the summer

    Northampton Saints have signed former London Irish flanker Jon Fisher ahead of the new Aviva Premiership campaign.

  • Phil Thiel, pictured, joins Saracens as short-term cover for Schalk Brits

    Saracens have signed US Eagles hooker Phil Thiel as short-term cover for Schalk Brits, who is on Rugby Championship duty with South Africa.

  • Eusebio Guinazu, left, has signed a short-term deal to join Munster

    Argentina hooker Eusebio Guinazu has signed for Munster on a four-month deal to offset Mike Sherry's long-term shoulder injury.

  • Pat Phibbs, centre, has started a second spell at Exeter Chiefs

    Pat Phibbs has returned to Exeter Chiefs on a trial basis to ease the Aviva Premiership club's scrum-half injury spate.

  • Jim Mallinder believes Aviva Premiership fixtures could be completed alongside Rugby World Cup 2015 action

    Global bosses could allow the Aviva Premiership to kick off during the knockout stages of Rugby World Cup 2015 in a bid to diffuse England's latest club-versus-country row.

  • Roger Lewis, left, believes a new peace deal is positive

    Welsh rugby has finally agreed a peace deal with 10 players receiving dual contracts in a six-year £60million-plus agreement.

  • Bernard Lapasset believes the name change will help rugby grow

    The International Rugby Board is to be renamed 'World Rugby' from November 19 in a move described by chairman Bernard Lapasset as a "mission statement".

  • Sam Burgess, pictured left, will start his rugby union career in the centres at Bath

    Sam Burgess will start his Bath career in the centres, but head coach Mike Ford still expects him to excel in the back-row.

  • Conor O'Shea, pictured, is not moved by Lawrence Dallaglio's critical comments

    Conor O'Shea has branded criticism from Lawrence Dallaglio for demoting Chris Robshaw as Harlequins captain as a "load of rubbish".

  • Quentin Smith insists talks between Premiership Rugby and the RFU over compensation are close to a conclusion

    Premiership Rugby has sought to defuse tension over the payment of World Cup compensation by promising a swift resolution to negotiations with the Rugby Football Union.

  • Marland Yarde, pictured, has been tipped to secure a starting berth for England at next year's Rugby World Cup

    Jason Robinson believes new Harlequins signing Marland Yarde is in the perfect position to win the "shootout" for a place on the wing for England at Rugby World Cup 2015.