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Improving England impress Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward has predicted that an exciting 2011 lies in store for England after an encouraging autumn campaign.

England beat Australia in record fashion 35-18 and they downed Samoa but those victories were bookended by losses to New Zealand and South Africa.

But Martin Johnson has established a young core to his team and Woodward, the 2003 World Cup-winning coach, told Sportsweek on BBC Radio 5 Live: "I think 2011 could be a very exciting year for English rugby. He (Johnson) is getting it right. The RFU have done a good job backing him."

He added: "He has been through a pretty tough time when he has not had lots of high-quality players around.

"Now he has some young players coming through on merit and he has something to really build on.

"For the first time since Martin has been there he has five or six players we can all definitely name.

"For the first time you can say the England team is moving forward and you build it around players you can ink in.

"The positives far outweigh the negatives over the four games. It is all looking good."

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