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Lancaster: We must up game

Stuart Lancaster admits England must curb their "youthful exuberance" if they are to salvage an autumn-saving victory over 2015 World Cup group rivals Australia.

A run of five successive defeats ended with Saturday's 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham, but the wounds left by New Zealand and South Africa in the opening two fixtures will only begin to heal if the Wallabies are toppled.

"We have a youthful exuberance about us when it comes to wanting to play a bit, but as the weather closed in we needed to put ball in right areas," Lancaster said.

"Overall, the ability to play in the right areas of the field against a side like Australia will be important."

Read wants an improvement

New Zealand back-row colossus Kieran Read has targeted an improvement from the All Blacks at next year's World Cup.

The reigning world champions continue to set standards that no other team can match, and they will undoubtedly return to Europe in 10 months' time as red-hot tournament favourites.

Victories during the last three weekends against England, Scotland and latterly Wales (34-16 on Saturday) might not have seen the All Blacks produce vintage rugby, but it was still too much for their rivals.

"I think we will need to be better (at the World Cup)," said the No 8, whose late try against Wales came as part of a blistering finish when New Zealand scored 19 unanswered points in seven minutes after Wales led 16-15.

"We will take a few lessons out of the teams we've played up here the last few weeks. We will have to adapt to who we play."


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