England's new-look back three for Twickenham excites coach Lancaster

Last Updated: 15/11/12 3:10pm

  • Share:
Alex Goode: Fine performance against Fiji

Alex Goode: Fine performance against Fiji

Sky Bet

England coach Stuart Lancaster believes his back three can set Twickenham alight against Australia on Saturday.

Full-back Alex Goode and wings Chris Ashton and Charlie Sharples offer England a potent mix of pace and power.

Ashton returns after missing the victory over Fiji because of suspension, whilst Goode - last week's man-of-the-match - and Sharples, who scored two tries, are given another opportunity.

To accommodate the returning Ashton, Sharples moves to the left wing in place of Ugo Monye.

"We're looking for a bit of what Chris Ashton delivers in matches. He chases the ball, creates line breaks, makes opportunities for others and takes them himself," said Lancaster.

"As for Charlie, he really merits keeping his place and he is happy playing on the left wing."

Lancaster was hugely impressed by Goode's performance against Fiji and is keen to see how the Saracens man does against stiffer opposition.

"He's a great footballer and he provides us with extra organisation in our backline.

"He's a great communicator with the backs and he has the ability to move defenders around and make breaks himself," Lancaster said.

"It's a step up for him but he's playing well at the moment."

Lancaster plans to keep faith with the back row from the Fiji match so Tom Wood will begin on the replacements' bench.

"The back row played well at the weekend. Tom Wood was good when he came off the bench but we want to give them another shot this week," he said.

"We will need to step up and our training this week has reflected that.

"The Aussies will have done a lot of work on their own performance this week after losing against the French.

"But the game before that they pushed the All Blacks to 18-18 and they are a very experienced side who have played some very good rugby over the last six months."

  • Share:


QBE Autumn Internationals

Stuart Lancaster: Has backed Billy Twelvetrees after the centre's uneven performance against Australia

Midfield frustrates Lancaster

England coach Stuart Lancaster admits to midfield frustration in the win over Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Time to deliver

Sir Clive Woodward told The Rugby Club that England must make a statement in the Autumn Internationals.

Tom Youngs: Featured for the British and Irish Lions during the summer

Youngs: England want revenge

Tom Youngs says England go into Saturday's match against Australia at Twickenham seeking revenge.


Most Popular


Is Tyson still furious?

Is Tyson still furious?

Tyson Fury has at least got a fight on Saturday, but will he be fully focused? Johnny Nelson hopes so...

On Ringside...

On Ringside...

Jamie Moore, Paul Smith, Jim Watt and the team are on to discuss the season so far - and what lies ahead.

World Matchplay - R2

World Matchplay - R2

Take a look at our favourite images from the second round of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.