England flanker James Haskell believes the loss to France on Saturday will act as a 'wake-up call' to the whole squad.

England flanker James Haskell believes the loss to France on Saturday will act as a 'wake-up call' to the whole squad.

The Red Rose made 14 changes from the side that defeated Les Bleus 19-14 last weekend at Twickenham, with wing Jonny May the sole survivor from the victorious team.

The starting 15 for the reverse fixture at the Stade de France was, in many regards, seen as the closest line-up to that which will open their World Cup campaign against Fiji on September 18.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster has been handed a few difficult decisions though, after his side was blown away for 70 minutes of the match against a rampant French outfit.

The hosts were leading 25-6 thanks to a converted Yoann Huget try and the boot of Frederic Michalak before England produced a late surge to lose 25-20, with Danny Cipriani and Jonathan Joseph crossing the white line.

The fixture was the last time Lancaster had to look at his players in competitive action before making his final 31-man selection for the World Cup and there are several players whose place hangs in the balance.

Haskell is expected to make the cut and the flanker believes the defeat will give the squad a kick up the backside in time for the start of the global tournament.

"I think the boys will use this as a wake-up call and go forward positively. The best thing about this group is we are very honest," he said. "We have got tomorrow off and then in for a big work week. The boys will put their hand up, we will work extremely hard and we will be very honest."

– Entry was posted on August 31st, 2015 by James Haskell
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