By Ali Stokes
Wasps captain and second row Joe Launchbury is adamant that the final Test of England’s summer series in South Africa this weekend is no dead rubber, stressing the importance of the season's final fixture.
"We've drawn a line under it in terms of the loss," Launchbury told Sky Sports.
"We're desperate to move forward and improve and get that win we've been desperate for all tour this weekend.
"There is still some learning for us to take out of the last two games and we've put that into place. We've trained well and I think we're learning, which we probably didn't pick up quick enough from Test one to two and hopefully, we can try and implement that this weekend."
"We're not preparing for this as a dead rubber at the end of tour. It's a really important game for us and it's a great opportunity for us, first and foremost to play for England again. It's something which should never be taken lightly.
"Sometimes you don't know when you're next going to be here. We owe it to ourselves and the people around us to put in a good performance."
Launchbury was forced to miss England’s first game in Johannesburg with a calf injury, returning to the starting line-up in Bloemfontein last weekend.
"I was nearly fit to play the first Test, but by the second Test came around I was chomping at the bit and felt like I had been training hard away from the pitch.
"I really enjoyed my opportunity and being back playing again. I didn't feel much in terms of the lack of fitness. I felt good but unfortunately, a few key moments in the game went against us and that in Test rugby is all that it really takes."
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