21 May 2014

England rugby coach says they'll be competitive

5:58 am on 21 May 2014

The England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster believes his side will be competitive in next month's 3-Test series in New Zealand, but says it will be a challenge.

Lancaster is without a half a dozen top players because of injury and unavailability, while players in the Premiership final between Saracens and Northampton won't be available for the first Test at Eden Park.

Lancaster says in their last 2 matches against the All Blacks at Twickenham they've been competitive in most areas of the game.

He feels their lineout, scrum and defence has improved, while they're working hard at the breakdown.

However Lancaster says you can't have any weaknesses against the All Blacks and that will be a challenge.

England will play the Barbarians before travelling to New Zealand.