Lancaster waits on Brown or Goode

Date published: March 4 2015

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster says the decision to not retain Alex Goode in camp this week has no bearing on selection for Scotland.

Goode filled in for Mike Brown against Ireland last Sunday but is not one of the 16 retained players at Pennyhill Park for the remainder of the week, with Brown joining the rest of last week's starting XV along with Billy Twelvetrees.

Lancaster added that the management felt confident that Brown would be fit for next weekend's game.

"We're pretty confident about Mike. He's had a reasonable amount of time now and certainly all the signs from everyone, including from Mike himself, is that he's back to 100 percent," said Lancaster.

"He has to tick the final box and then I'm sure he'll be training on Friday. He has been symptom free since last week."

"Both Mike and Alex will compete for that 15 shirt next week.

"Mike has a lot of experience and does bring a lot to the team, but Alex had a good game against Ireland and dealt with the high balls well.

"If you see Johnny Sexton against other teams, he always seems to find grass with his tactical kicking but Alex managed to cover all those eventualities.

"There was a lot of work that came Alex's way and he did well. I'm keeping an open mind until next week."

Reflecting further on Sunday's loss to Ireland, Lancaster admitted that England weren't on top form in Dublin and were undone by Ireland's 'simple' gameplan.

"There's frustration that we hadn't delivered the level and quality of performance that we'd hoped to," added Lancaster.

"We knew how difficult it was going to be. It was right up there alongside the Wales game, if not tougher because of the quality of the opposition and the run they were on.

"They're a high-quality team across the board. They have a simple gameplan that they execute well, primarily when Sexton is on the field. It changed when he came off.

"We needed to be at the very top our game to have got a win over there. We weren't quite and that was the frustration.

"There were moments in the second half when they got the try on the back of an advantage from a penalty. That left us with a big hurdle to club.

"We came back and there were definitely some key moments around the 70th minute when we had a try disallowed. You have to be able to control the big moments and we didn't get enough of those to win the game."

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