England have Plenty of Room for Improvement
England made history with their Wallaby whitewash this month but flanker James Haskell insists there is plenty more still to come from Eddie Jones' troops
England made history with their Wallaby whitewash this month but flanker James Haskell insists there is plenty more still to come from Eddie Jones' troops.
Having secured the Grand Slam and the RBS 6 Nations crown earlier this year, the Red Rose travelled Down Under for three Tests against Australia in June.
They secured their first-ever win in Brisbane in the opening Test and then backed it up with contrasting victories in Melbourne and Sydney for a 3-0 cleansweep.
Haskell was one of the standout players in the first two Tests before a foot injury ruled him out of the third and the Wasps back-row forward admits his side have enjoyed their recent success.
"3-0, we made history," he told England Rugby TV. "The side has got a long way to go and we know that but sometimes in sport you have to get the balance right between wanting to celebrate and look forward."
"We celebrated and then it's back to business as usual."
"We train hard and tick a lot of boxes during the week in terms of what we need to do. It's just about keeping your eye on the ball."
Jones' young squad rounded off the three-match series with a 44-40 victory in a high-scoring thriller in Sydney.
And Haskell hopes that his side are now ready to kick on and challenge for the No.1 spot in the IRB world rankings - this Test series has lifted them to No.2.
"We are part of something special but we have to keep that going," he added.
"You are lucky enough to play for England, that is a valuable achievement and something I am very proud of, but you want to win things as well - that is why you play sport."
"We have had a few good results but if you ask Eddie we have got a lot of work to do."
"The third Test was probably not our best showing but we scored some points and showed what a good attacking side we can be."
"The coaches are fantastic, they know how to get the best out of the boys, they communicate very well and have created a very aspirational environment."
"The boys are fantastic, there is so much youth in there that make me feel very old, there are a few 21-year-olds doing fantastically and it's only going to get better."