Dylan Hartley is confident that England can come away with a Test series win against Australia when the two sides meet Down Under this summer.
Australia are hosting a three-match Test series against England, who won the Grand Slam earlier this year, and Hartley is confident that England can come away from the tour with victory. ““There would be no point me going if I didn’t think we could go to Australia and win,” Hartley told englandrugby.com.
“If we want to be the best, we’ve got to beat the best and what better place to do that than against Australia in their own back yard. I’m looking forward to it and I’ve got a highly-motivated squad that want to do that as well.”
England’s match against France in Paris saw Hartley lead England to their first Grand Slam since 2003 but the Saints hooker says England will need to improve if they are to secure their first ever series win in Australia.
“We need to recap the RBS 6 Nations and what made us tick there. We need to progress and we need to get better, we can’t play the same standard of rugby as we did in the RBS 6 Nations. It’s another step up but it’s exciting.”
“We went up in the world rankings. The next step is to play the number one and two sides in the world in New Zealand and Australia and we’ve got Australia.”