Livid Lancaster hits out at fixture scheduling

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Stuart Lancaster insists the disruptive fixture congestion that undermined England’s quest for a maiden series victory in New Zealand must never be repeated.

Prolific wing Julian Savea led the rout as the All Blacks romped to a 3-0 whitewash in Saturday’s final Test by posting a 36-13 victory at the Waikato Stadium.

It was an inglorious conclusion to a series that began with England having to prepare for the opening Test without their Aviva Premiership finalists from Northampton and Saracens.

Eden Park offered the best platform to claim a prized All Blacks scalp and while Lancaster was keen not to retreat behind excuses, rugby’s ultimate challenge had clearly been turned into mission impossible.

“To not have your first choice team available was obviously a huge challenge for the first Test and it had a subsequent knock-on effect on selection,” he said.

“We can all sit here and talk about changes to the side but everyone in the know knows why those changes were made.

“This scheduling issue has to be sorted and can’t be repeated. It is unfair on the players.”