Stuart Lancaster says he will only consider his future as coach after England’s final World Cup match
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 4, 2015) (REUTERS) – Stuart Lancaster said on Sunday (October 4) that he will not consider his future as coach until after England’s final World Cup match against Uruguay next week.
Speaking after Saturday’s crushing defeat by Australia which ensured England will be the first main host to fail to reach the knock-out stage of rugby’s showpiece tournament, Lancaster said he was devastated to be going out of the tournament.
“I’ll just reiterate what I said last night which was how gutted we are as a team and a coaching team to not have got the win against Australia that would have got us through to the quarter final. Looking back over the games, a great start against Fiji but the loss to Wales obviously hurt us and we came up against a very strong Australia team yesterday and they deserved their win. So credit to them,” he said.
England put themselves under pressure by losing against Wales the previous week, despite leading by 10 points midway through the second half.
“You look back and the Wales game obviously, being 22-12 up 60 minutes in, or 50 odd minutes in, and then to not come away with a win put us under pressure in this particular game.
“I thought this game was small margins and big consequences in a lot of the game. When we got back to 22-13 with momentum with us at about 65 minutes and we gave Australia an easy set line out, and obviously the sin bin that resulted from that, that was the end of the game for us.”
“I think all things are being considered but not for now, not for me,” Lancaster told reporters in response to a question about his future.
“It’s not the time now to make a decision like that. I need to get the team ready to play Uruguay on Saturday and that’s my priority,” he added, referring to England’s final opponents in Pool A.
Criticised by former players for England’s displays on the field, Lancaster has won plaudits for reconnecting the national side with its fan base after a poor tournament in New Zealand in 2011.
Wales and Australia will now do battle for the top of Pool A — dubbed the group of death because it included three of the top-ranked sides in he world.
Rubbing salt into English wounds, that match will take place at Twickenham, the home of English rugby.
Saturday’s defeat meant England became the first former winners of the Webb Ellis Cup to fail to make the quarter-finals.