Lancaster 'proud' of players
National boss to consider adding fourth member to coaching team
Last Updated: 24/06/12 12:52pm
Lancaster thinking positive
England coach Stuart Lancaster felt the summer tour of South Africa had been a "huge positive" for his squad, even if they didn't win a Test.
Having already lost the first two Tests, the tourists rounded out their trip with a morale-boosting 14-14 draw in the final match of the series against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
"We are disappointed also that we didn't get that final win. The boys were really flat after the game, but they've got a lot to be proud of."
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With so many young players gaining experience of southern-hemisphere conditions against strong opposition, Lancaster could look back on some encouraging signs for the long-term future of the national team.
"We want to win the Tests, and we are disappointed we didn't do that," he told Sky Sports News HD.
"We are disappointed also that we didn't get that final win. The boys were really flat after the game, but they've got a lot to be proud of.
"They gave their all.
"Overall, when you look at the size of the tour party and the number of players we took, and how they've developed during the course of the tour both on and off the field, how players have come through as talents for the future, then it's been a huge positive."
England's efforts in South Africa came off the back of a successful RBS Six Nations campaign that saw them finish second to grand slam winners Wales.
"I think important foundations were laid in Leeds, when we met prior to the Six Nations," Lancaster added.
"I think we've now built on those foundations. I've always said that culture comes before performance, if you haven't got that then you've got no longevity as a team.
"We've got that now. And then, off the back of that, we've got people who've obviously got talent as well."
Lancaster will now get the chance to reflect on what has happened on the tour, which included two midweek games for fringe players to impress, as well as contemplate adding a fourth member to his coaching staff.
The name of Andy Farrell is bound to crop up after his work with the national team during the Six Nations. He has since left his role at Saracens, though Mike Catt took over as assistant coach for the summer on a short-term basis.
"I've got the tour review to take place, which is whizzing around the corner, and the EPS squads to get sorted in the next week or so," Lancaster said.
"Once those two things have taken place then we will have a look at it.
"It worked well in the Six Nations with three of us (on the coaching team). But I've always been open-minded about a fourth coach, I'm conscious of being stretched too much myself.
Asked specifically about Farrell, he replied: "He's a good coach, a good person. He had a big impact on the squad.
"But equally Mike Catt did a fantastic job over here. He's similar in that regard; experienced, respected by the players, a good person who gives energy to the team."