Hove - Former England flyhalf Rob Andrew hopes the hurt of
this season's Six Nations will drive the current side onto greater heights.
England, who had been bidding for a third successive title,
finished a lowly fifth - their worst Championship performance in 31 years -
this term after three straight defeats by Scotland, France and Grand Slam
That trio of losses also raised doubts over whether England,
under their Australian coach, Eddie Jones, could indeed dethrone reigning
champions New Zealand at next year's World Cup in Japan.
Andrew was involved in the England team of 1987 that
finished equal fourth in the old Five Nations.
Three years later he was England's No 10 when they suffered
a shock loss away to Scotland in a Grand Slam-decider at Murrayfield.
But after that 1990 reverse, England won successive Grand
Slams in 1991 and 1992, a period where they also reached the 1991 World Cup
final only to lose to Australia at Twickenham.
"If you've been lucky enough to be involved, you have a
bad season," Andrew, now the chief executive of English county cricket
side Sussex, said at the south coast club's Hove ground on Wednesday.
"We had it in 1990, the (2003) England World
Cup-winning team lost a couple of Grand Slam deciders as well," added
Andrew, who played a key role in the 1989 British and Irish Lions series win in
"There's some good players there - it's a matter of
using it (the defeats) as a driver to make sure it doesn't happen again,"
explained the 55-year-old, who scored 396 points in 71 Tests for England from
"We certainly did that after 1990 when we lost the
Grand Slam game in Scotland," recalled Andrew, having been the
professional rugby director at England's governing Rugby Football Union (RFU).
"It gives you a bit more resolve, because it hurts, and
obviously you've got to work out the tactical and technical things that have
"That's down to the coaching team to fix those things,
but the bottom line is they (England) haven't become a bad side overnight and
there's a very talented group of players there."