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England head coach Stuart Lancaster admits there are 'tough decisions to be made'

Last Updated: 16/06/13 1:19pm

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Some big decisions required by Stuart Lancaster over the next couple of months

Some big decisions required by Stuart Lancaster over the next couple of months

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster faces some tricky decisions before he finalises his Elite Player Squad in August.

Lancaster will name a 33-man party and another 33 players for the second-string Saxons ahead of this year's autumn internationals.

And his task has been made more difficult following England's two-nil Test series victory over Argentina.

Five players - Danny Care, Chris Robshaw, Brad Barritt, Toby Flood and Chris Ashton - were rested for the tour to South America, while 10 other Englishmen are on British and Irish Lions' duty in Australia.

That meant Lancaster travelled to Argentina with a number of youngsters and inexperienced players, many of whom performed well.

"In terms of our evolution it has been critical and we can look forward to the autumn internationals after winning seven out of our last eight games."
Stuart Lancaster

He admits their success will create a few problems in deciding who will join which squad later this year.

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Lancaster said: "There are some searching decisions and options to be made.

"What has really pleased me is that a lot of young players have gained a huge amount of experience coming to this fantastic country and playing in front of passionate crowds and dealt with it.

"A lot of the young players are not going to be around for six months but five or six years because they are so young.

"Having brought such an inexperienced group out what has pleased me most has been the development of leaders outside the players who have been rested or are Lions' players.

"In terms of our evolution it has been critical and we can look forward to the autumn internationals after winning seven out of our last eight games.

"We have got Australia, Argentina and New Zealand at Twickenham, and we know that Argentina coming on the back of the Rugby Championship will be a very difficult challenge."

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