Stuart Lancaster future update

  • England out of World Cup following loss to Australia on Saturday
  • No hasty decision to be made over Lancaster’s future says Rugby Football Union Chief

England was beaten 33-13 by Australia at Twickenham on Saturday to become the first primary host nation ever to be eliminated at the Pool stage.

The pressure was thought to be building on the RFU to end Stuart Lancaster’s tenure after the Wallabies biggest ever victory over England in South-West London.

However, the defeat and early exit will not prompt a “hasty reaction” over the future of the head coach, according to Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie.

The chief executive insisted before making any decisions he will be conducting a post-World Cup review.

“Lessons will be learnt in a calm and thorough manner in the fullness of time,” Ritchie said.

The England head coach himself also said it was “not the time” to decide on his future.

“All things are being considered, but not [standing down] for now for me,” he said. “It’s not the time to make a decision like that.

“I don’t think we’ve become a bad team, but clearly we weren’t ready to get out of the group.”

It is understood that despite Lancaster and his staff all having contracts through to 2020, there is a clause that has specific targets, which would allow them to removed from their position with far less compensation.

Back to the here and now England has one pool game remaining, against Uruguay in Manchester on Saturday where the team will try to recover some pride.


 

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