Tom Rees praises Stuart Lancaster's England improvements

England coach Stuart Lancaster smiles at the end of his team's match after beating Ireland in the Six Nations on February 10, 2013
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Tom Rees believes that Stuart Lancaster is taking the right steps towards making England a force in rugby union.

Former England flanker Tom Rees believes that head coach Stuart Lancaster is taking the national side in the right direction.

The Red Rose impressed in a 12-6 victory over Ireland in a Six Nations clash on Sunday.

"It does mark a step in the evolution of this team," Rees told BBC Radio Five Live. "Yes, Stuart Lancaster has been there for a while and has been putting things in place, but this was really the first time they have gone away, shown the grit and determination they have shown in some previous games, but come away with a victory and that was the most important thing yesterday."

England haven't won a Grand Slam since 2003.

England's Owen Farrell kicks a penalty against Ireland in their Six Nations match on February 10, 2013
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