Lancaster not prepared to quit as England coach

MANCHESTER • England's head coach Stuart Lancaster has vowed to fight for his job despite his side's early exit from the Rugby World Cup.

England signed off from the tournament with a 60-3 win over Uruguay in Manchester on Saturday but remain in disgrace after being eliminated by losses to Wales and Australia.

The campaign will be reviewed by the Rugby Football Union and Lancaster's post is under threat.

But he is adamant he has not talked to anyone about his future and insists it would be tough to leave Twickenham.

"Anyone in my position who has worked since December 2011 to this point would say it would be hard to walk away from," he told a press conference.

"But equally I understand it is a results business.

"I've worked hard and I've tried to do the right thing. I have tried to make decisions based on the foundations of the game.

"People have told me that they like how this team play with the right spirit and the right culture. Others might call it old-fashioned, but I think it's true.

"There were a lot of things going on this week so I have not had time to sit down and chat with anyone about anything. There is a bit more space in the diary this week.

"I have not had time to think about it. You get the emotion of this game and the emotion of coaching England in front of a fantastic crowd.

"You see the young players play and the talent in the team, the character of the team and everything the team have been built around. That changes from how it felt on Monday when we had lost."

It was a case of the young and the old as England completed their pool with a 10-try win over the South Americans.

Nick Easter, the 37-year old No. 8, scored a hat-trick as did the 22-year old winger Jack Nowell, while 21-year old Anthony Watson scored twice. Another 22-year old, Henry Slade, also got on the scoresheet.

Lancaster was quick to praise the veteran Easter, whom he recalled for this year's Six Nations after four years in the international wilderness. "His shift was fantastic - he belied his age and everyone is chuffed for him. He is a top bloke," he said.

"To win big games at international level, you need ball carriers and when he does what he does, it really helps the shape of the team."

If Easter's Test career is unlikely to last much longer, captain Chris Robshaw predicted great things for the young backs.

"There is a huge amount of talent out there. They are not afraid to take people on and you always see something special," said Robshaw, whose own position will now come under scrutiny.

"There is so much potential in the side and there are going to be great times to come."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 12, 2015, with the headline 'Lancaster not prepared to quit as England coach'. Print Edition | Subscribe