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England can beat New Zealand says Danny Care

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In June, England suffered a humiliating series defeat to New Zealand in the All Blacks' back yard, but Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care believes England can revenge this defeat against the Oceanic side a second time round.

Care missed the series due to an injury but was a talisman in England's Six Nations tournament, and considering England lost out to champions Ireland they won four of their five games, including a fantastic win against Wales at Twickenham.

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But speaking to the Telegraph, the 27-year-old understands that the tour didn't go to plan, but believes England will improve and give New Zealand another challenge.

"Results-wise the tour wasn't successful. We lost three out of three games and that's not good enough," said Care.

"But we play New Zealand again in November and we're on the right track. They're where we're aiming to get to and we have 12 games before the World Cup in which to get better."

England vs. New Zealand

In the test series England were second best in every game, unable to keep up with the power and pace of New Zealand as the team ranked first in the world really gave commanding performances against the 2015 hosts.

There is the fact that Lancaster put out an experimental squad with some players who haven't played in his team before, but when England suffered a 36-13 defeat on the final day of the series, this answered a lot of questions.

England haven't beaten New Zealand since December 2012 which was a historic 38-21 victory at Twickenham, as the All Blacks remain unbeaten in their last four meetings.

But Care still remains optimistic, as a lot can happen in 12 months and the scrum-half went on to note the talented youngsters coming through the ranks.

"The younger lads are getting more experienced and this is an incredibly exciting time for us. In 12 months' time we will not be far away from New Zealand," Care stated.

"This autumn we have four tough games that will give us a really good indication of where we're at."

Young stars

To note some of the young stars coming through, England have a bright future with the under 20s retaining the Rugby World Cup as well as the under 18s winning the European championship for three consecutive years.

But to put them in the frame for next years' World Cup may be a bit too much of a step forward, for the youngsters should grow as a team and be put through in the same team instead of mixed with players who they have never featured alongside before.

It wouldn't be the worst thing to put some of the youngsters into a test match against New Zealand, for they could grow in stature, but when it comes to must win encounters and building for next year, Stuart Lancaster will need to rely on experience but also the unpredictable.

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