Lancaster welcomes RFU review

Date published: October 8 2015

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England Coach Stuart Lancaster revealed that he has no problem with the impending review by the Rugby Football Union on England's performance at the World Cup.

England became the first host nation to be knocked out the of the pool stage of a Rugby World Cup when they lost to Australia on Saturday.

While Lancaster is contracted as England's head coach until 2020, his job could be hanging in the balance following the early exit.

"There will be a lot made out of the review that is to come," he said.

"I have no problem with the reviews, I’ve conducted them myself in age grade teams – 18s, 20s, Saxons – and after every tournament or Six Nations I've had there has been a review. The whole purpose of them is to get better."

Lancaster lamented his charges inability to adapt to the referee during the crucial loss against Wales at Twickenham two weeks ago.

"The disappointment of losing the Wales game highlighted for me the inability to adapt to referees," he said.

Ultimately, we gave them points and we have to better in that regard. After two defeats on the bounce it's taken some work to get everybody back in the right place.

"I met all the players one-to-one on Monday and discussed their individual contributions and what they felt about the camp."

Lancaster also shed light on the incident involving backline coach Mike Catt and fly-half Danny Cipriani, who missed out on the World Cup squad.

"There are two sides to every story," he added.

"From my point of view, everybody knows Mike Catt pretty well. I saw it and I had a good chat with both of them, everybody shook hands and it was all done in a short space of time and we all moved on. It’s no problem.

"Things like that happen occasionally with so many players in the camp, but it’s a non-story for me."

Finally, while England's last match of the 2015 World Cup is a dead rubber against Uruguay, there is still plenty of pride to play for.

Lancaster revealed that England won't have it easy against the South Americans, who have hung on in every game. 
  
"In the three games, they've stuck in for the full 80 in every game," he said. 

"They have specific tactics – they don't contest line-outs and put very few players in the breakdowns. They are very proud to play for their country, so if we decide to run the ball from everywhere we will make life difficult for ourselves."

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