Dylan Hartley is confident England can win when they travel to Australia in June
The hooker led England to their first Grand Slam since 2003 earlier this year
Hartley though insisted England will need to improve if they are to secure their first ever series win in Australia
England captain Dylan Hartley is confident that the men in white can return victorious when they travel to Australia for their summer tour in June.
“There would be no point me going if I didn’t think we could go to Australia and win,” said the England skipper.
“If we want to be the best, we’ve got to beat the best and what better place to do that than against Australia in their own backyard. I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got a highly-motivated squad that want to do that as well.”
England’s match against France in Paris saw Hartley lead England to their first Grand Slam since 2003 but the Saints hooker says England will need to improve if they are to secure their first ever series win in Australia.
“We need to recap the RBS 6 Nations and what made us tick there. We need to progress and we need to get better, we can’t play the same standard of rugby as we did in the RBS 6 Nations. It’s another step up but it’s exciting.”
“We went up in the world rankings. The next step is to play the number one and two sides in the world in New Zealand and Australia and we’ve got Australia.”