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England aim to improve ahead of Argentina test

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England captain Tom Wood has urged his side to improve ahead of the first test against Argentina.

Stuart Lancaster’s side beat a South American XV 41-21 in Montevideo on Sunday, with number eight Billy Vunipola scoring a six-minute hat-trick.

Wood, Paul Doran Jones and Ben Foden (2) were also on the scoresheet, but the skipper believes improvement will be needed to beat the Pumas on home soil.

“I think we were all individually guilty of one mistake and that amounted to a lot of frustration and a very slow start for us,” said the Northampton star following the no-cap international.

“We felt we said all the right things in the changing room, but we were slow to start and they took the game to us.

“That first score was disappointing, but we rallied under the posts and we made them work.”

Lancaster has a number of key selection decisions to make ahead of the first test in Salta on Saturday night, with the back-row forwards a particular area of interest.

Gloucester star Ben Morgan is back from injury after missing the Six Nations, and is challenging Wood for the No.8 spot that Vunipola impressed in.

“We have to have a close look at all our options,” said the England chief.

“It’s been ideal preparation for the Tests because they were physical opponents and we struggled to get the continuity we needed.”

England’s players will be expecting a much more hostile atmosphere in the first test than the one they received from the 2,000-strong crowd at the weekend, before the second test the following week in the notoriously hostile Buenos Aires.

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