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Lewsey encouraged by outlook for England

Josh Lewsey, the retiring World Cup winner, is confident England are at the dawn of a "very exciting time" under Martin Johnson.

Josh Lewsey played for the Barbarians against England in his last professional game at Twickenham on May 30.
Josh Lewsey played for the Barbarians against England in his last professional game at Twickenham on May 30.

Josh Lewsey, the retiring World Cup winner, is confident England are at the dawn of a "very exciting time" under Martin Johnson. Lewsey and Martin Corry bade farewell to the English game by inspiring the Barbarians to a 33-26 victory over an inexperienced England team at Twickenham on Saturday. With nine stars away on Lions duty, Johnson gave six players their first senior starts and introduced Jordan Turner-Hall, Chris Robshaw and Matt Banahan to the international stage. "England are on the cusp of a potentially very exciting time," said Lewsey. "There are a lot of young guys playing really well in the Premiership. All the foundations are there." sports@thenational.ae