England’s youngsters must step up :Andrew

England’s Director of Elite rugby says that England’s young up and coming star players such as Danny Cipriani, Danny Care, Mathew Tait and David Strettle have a long way to go way to go to fulfil their potential.


Players such as Cipriani have often been referred to as England’s golden boys but Andrew says that will have to “sweat blood” if they want to be international stars.


Cipriani is currently out of the England Elite squad but when he was in the squad he formed a habit of having his kicks charged down which led to tries being scored against England.


Andrew has insisted that England’s youngsters must knuckle down and start delivering.


“There are a lot of talented youngsters coming through, but they have to keep working hard – maybe even harder than some of them have realised so far.


“The message, through head coach Martin Johnson, is that we are challenging them to be consistent.


“There’s no point talking about potential.” he told The Sun.


“It’s up to them to fulfil that potential.”


“Our challenge is that those youngsters realise that promise leading up to the 2011 and 2015 World Cups and we’re confident we will see that happen.”


Cipriani broke his ankle 17 months ago but has never repeated the form he showed before the break.


Rugby World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson endured a torrid start to his reign last November with heavy defeats against the Wallabies, the All Blacks and South Africa but picked up an almost insignificant victory against the Pacific Islanders.


During the SixNations however England improved and scored the most tries and the most points but came second thanks to a slim defeat to Ireland.


Andrew is sure Johnson’s England side will show their class during the upcoming Autumn Internationals.


“We are getting to the stage where both the senior team and coaches are developing into a pretty impressive group.” he added.


“Now we need to see how far we’ve come – and start winning some of those games.


“I’ve been very impressed with how Martin and captain Steve Borthwick have handled themselves.”


“They provide stability, continuity and set the standards – and I’ve no doubt they’ll both get better and better.”

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