Two victories out of four would be a reasonable expectation' says RFU boss

England face a number of tough games this autumn

RFU chief executive John Steele has suggested England should not let their expectations run away from them ahead of this November's autumn internationals.

In an RFU podcast, Steele admitted that winning two out of the four games, against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa and Samoa, would not be a bad result.

"Playing the top three teams in world and Samoa is probably a harder group of games than you'd face in most World Cup runs," he said.

"Currently we're sixth in the world so a degree of realism is important. We think a reasonable expectation is to win two out of the four matches."

However, England will no doubt head into the matches with a degree of confidence after beating Australia on home turf earlier in the year.

"What we need to establish is: can we compete with the best in the world? We'll know from how we play if that's the case," commented Steele.

England's first game of the autumn internationals is against New Zealand on November 6th at Twickenham.

Posted by Samuel Ball