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Launchbury calls for more composure against All Blacks

29 November 2012

  • England need to be five per cent better in certain areas, says lock
  • New Zealand will be a threat all over the pitch
Launchbury wants more composure from England

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Having experienced his first start for England last weekend in the defeat to South Africa Joe Launchbury knows first-hand that more composure is needed if the team are to turn over New Zealand on Saturday.

The 21-year-old made an impact last weekend in the match against the Springboks, making the second highest number of carries and tackles as well as hitting the second highest amount of rucks.

Despite the spirited performance from the youngster and his England teammates the team failed to execute in the opppsition "Red Zone" and  Launchbury feels England must be more clinical if they are to stand a chance against the All Blacks.

“I think we need a bit of composure,” said Launchbury. “We get into certain areas of the pitch and then things let us down so it’s just a case of carrying on what we are doing and make it that five per cent better.

Chris Robshaw (L) and Joe Launchbury combine for a tackle against South Africa

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“It has been a bit frustrating really how the ends of the games went as we could have perhaps snatched a win in both and it’s just small margins at this level of rugby. But on the flipside we have done a lot right and we are really positive about that.”

One team that does know a thing or two about composure is New Zealand. The All Blacks are unbeaten in 20 games and have scored 126 points in their last three matches.  

Launchbury says they will be a handful all over the pitch and that England must try and control the game.

“They are threatening all over the pitch really,” he said. “They are the number one in the world for a reason and have a fantastic pack of forwards and will test you in every area, likewise in the backs.

“They can do the hard yards and be really physical but they can also play with some flare as well. They have got the best of both worlds really and it’s up to us to counteract that.”