World Cup: 2003 winners should stir England - Stuart Lancaster
Last Updated: 26/10/14 4:21pm
England coach Stuart Lancaster says the team should be inspired by the World Cup winning team from 2003 as they prepare for the autumn internationals.
England go up against Southern hemisphere giants New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in November, all live on Sky Sports, and Lancaster believes the results over the next few weeks results could have a huge bearing on next year's World Cup.
In the build-up to the 2003 tournament in Australia, England registered famous victories, home and away, against each of the three nations to elevate themselves to the summit of world rugby.
"Playing at Twickenham is important for us and getting on top of the southern hemisphere is imperative," Lancaster told the Sunday Observer.
"In my time in charge we have never gone into matches against them thinking we would be happy to lose but we certainly feel that after nearly three years together our target should be to win all the matches with just 12 months to go before the World Cup."
England have made great progress in Lancaster's three-year reign but his record against the three giants of world rugby, who have won six of the seven World Cups since the inaugural tournament in 1987, leaves plenty to be desired.
In 11 tests, Lancaster has suffered eight defeats with two victories and one draw and the 45-year-old has placed the utmost importance on reasserting a degree of supremacy.
On their tour of New Zealand in June, England suffered a 3-0 series whitewash but pushed the All Blacks all the way in the first two Test matches and the squad with genuine strength has Lancaster massively upbeat about the future.
He added: "You want to represent your country in a World Cup but for me the biggest motivation is to have long-term success and we have a pipeline of talent coming through which will allow us to build the group.
"I cannot think of any minute of any day when I am not thinking about the job, how I can improve and do better for the team."