"The clubs have bought into it, the players have bought into it and we have got a great England squad backed up by the England Knights, and an 18s and a 16s which is now aligned.
"We've taken on a new training facility at Loughborough University, where our players are being exposed to elite sportsmen and have taken on a highly competitive fixture against the Exiles. It was a war of attrition out there but we aren't going to win a Four Nations final by 30 or 40 points.
"A lot of players in our competition have been winning games by that margin and probably even more. This was exactly the kind of game that we will be involved in at the end of the season.
"We are hugely, hugely disappointed that we didn't get the right result, but we were only a couple of players and a couple of seconds away from doing that. It hurts like hell and the players are absolutely gutted but the game was exactly what this country needs."