England have learnt lessons from Australia win - Joe Launchbury

Last Updated: 08/11/13 11:07am

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Joe Launchbury (left) with Alex Goode and Billy Vunipola

Joe Launchbury (left) with Alex Goode and Billy Vunipola

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England got their QBE Test series off to a winning start by beating Australia 20-13 at Twickenham last Saturday but it was a far from convincing display and relied more on their mental edge over the fragile Wallabies.

Despite the dominance from the pack, England lacked an attacking edge to make their dominance really count. However, second rower Joe Launchbury who won his 12th cap for England says the win has given England something to work on.

"Things are really good in the camp and we are in high spirits after the weekend after winning a tight game," Launchbury told skysports.com.

"We understand that we have to work on elements of our game - but then you always have to be working on your game if you want to improve, it's what rugby at the highest level is all about.

"They are big boys and they like the physical stuff so it's going to be a big challenge for us and we have worked hard on that aspect in training. Saturday will be a big test for us as a pack and we really want to get a good platform for our backs"
Joe Launchbury

"This squad of players have not been together for a while and sometimes you cannot get the performance you want straight away. However, we are happy that we managed to grind out a win against an Australian side who have been playing together for a good few months."

Next up for England is Argentina who have had an unsettling few months.

Daniel Hourcade took over the coaching role in late October after the early resignation of Santiago Phelan with speculation concerning a split among the players.

And although Argentina finished bottom of the Rugby Championship - losing all six matches, Launchbury believes the experience of playing against the best teams in the world will hold them in good stead.

"We know we can step up a lot and are looking forward to taking on Argentina this weekend," added the 22 year-old Wasps star.

"We obviously played Argentina in the summer but I believe the team that we will meet this weekend will be completely different. It will be a whole new challenge as they have just come out of the Rugby Championship where I believed they acquitted themselves very well.

"They are big boys and they like the physical stuff so it's going to be a big challenge for us and we have worked hard on that aspect in training. Saturday will be a big test for us as a pack and we really want to get a good platform for our backs."

With Geoff Parling back in contention this week, competition for a starting berth in the second row is even tougher, but Launchbury would not have it any other way.

"Competition in the squad for places is very healthy to say the least and we are all working hard to keep the pressure on each other.

"All of the second rowers are pushing hard for starting spots and with Jeff back that is certainly a big plus for the squad. He has plenty of experience and you want to be around players like him so that you can learn as much as you can."

Joe Launchbury was representing the England team at an event for QBE, official insurance partner of England Rugby. QBE is supporting the development of rugby through the QBE Coaching Club. Visit www.QBErugby.com

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