Rowntree: We mean business

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Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Graham Rowntree has vowed England will confront South Africa with “all guns blazing” at Twickenham on Saturday as they seek to atone for a losing start to the QBE Series.

The ambition of issuing a statement of intent against New Zealand ahead of next year’s World Cup was dashed by a 24-21 defeat that saw Stuart Lancaster’s men picked apart in a one-sided second half.

England have not toppled the Springboks in 11 meetings dating back to 2006 and a loss this weekend would represent their worst sequence of results for eight years.

“We’ve got to beat these big southern hemisphere teams at Twickenham. South Africa are the next to come to our stadium. We’ve got to beat them, we know that, and we’ll go in all guns blazing to do that,” Rowntree said.

“We can’t hide from the fact that we lost the last four games, albeit against the world champion. There’s been no hiding place since the New Zealand game – we had some very frank discussions.”

Published: Friday 14th November 2014 by The News Editor

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