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Last Updated: Friday, 2 June 2006, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
White tips young England to shine
Julian White
Prop White, 33, was a World Cup winner in 2003
Prop Julian White insists he is excited by the new-look England and admitted the time had come for a shake-up.

Coach Andy Robinson has rested a host of stalwarts for the trip to Australia and goes into the first Test on 11 June with a revamped coaching team.

"It's exciting," said White. "Since the World Cup it's been tough. There's been some massive changes with the players and now with the coaching staff.

"Maybe we needed new coaches and some new ideas. It had got a bit stale."

Leicester's White, 33, is looking forward to working again with John Wells, the Tigers' former coach who was appointed England forwards coach last month.

Wells was joined by attack coach Brian Ashton and new defence guru Mike Ford following a Rugby Football Union review.

It is a massive challenge for all of us, especially young backs to come to Australia and take on the likes of Mortlock and Tuqiri

Mike Catt

White added: "John Wells is the best forwards coach I've worked with and it's great for him that he's involved and it's also good with Brian Ashton and Mike Ford coming in.

"It needed freshening up, not only with players but the coaching staff as well, and hopefully we can meet the challenge and go forward in the build-up to the next World Cup.

"We've brought some young guys in and there are some older guys like myself trying to help them along - so we hope we can get our preparations off to a good start this summer."

Mathew Tait
Tait has impressed for England on the Sevens scene

White's fellow World Cup winner Mike Catt, 34, has tipped young England backs Tom Varndell and Mathew Tait to make a major impact on the two-Test series down under.

Centre Tait, who was picked by Robinson for last year's Six Nations and then discarded after one match, has been impressing on the Sevens scene, while flying winger Varndell has been in scintillating form for Leicester.

"The good thing from my perspective is they have been consistently good all season and that's a sign that they are very confident in their ability and very confident in what they're capable of doing," said Catt.

"Mathew Tait has had a lot of press about him and he's capable of standing up. Against the Barbarians I thought he played very, very well."

Australia's 33-man squad contains nine rookies - and is likely to be missing star centre Matt Giteau for the first Test - but Catt was under no illusion about the size of England's task, especially out wide.

"It is a massive challenge for all of us, especially young backs to come to Australia and take on the likes of [Stirling] Mortlock and [Lote] Tuqiri," he said.

"But these youngsters these days have got a hell of a lot of confidence and they know exactly what they can achieve.

"They're very, very quick on their feet, a bit like Matty Giteau, they evade the tackles and then they've got gas to burn."

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