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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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1 Response

  1. Tony Dodd

    Looking at the overall picture of Lancaster’s tenure and considering the sorry state of the national team when he arrived, he has made some progress. Sadly, England have more rugby players than any of their opposition at this championship and yet have proved to be very fallible, seem to lack any options, cannot reliably perform the basics of the game, are too slow and give way far too many penalties. It seems Lancaster and his management team have ignored all those issues and persisted with their plan and selections at the expense of a golden opportunity to get to the final in our own back yard. Someone or some people must take responsibility – Robshaw doesn’t have the presence of Johnson, why do we field so many converts from RL when they lack experience in the RU arena? How can we fail so often at the set pieces?
    Sorry Lancaster, you may be a decent man but this was too big a job for you, your minions equally have not delivered with too much nepotism being shown. Terminating your contracts is the only solution and I do hope that England Rugby didn’t give you contracts that fail to include reasonable goals on which you should either be rewarded or sacked.