Stuart Lancaster To Consider England Future
Stuart Lancaster has admitted he will consider resigning after England crashed out of the World Cup with a crushing 33-13 defeat to Australia.
England became the worst-performing host nation in World Cup history thanks to a record home defeat to the Wallabies, inspired by fly-half Bernard Foley.
When asked if he would reconsider his position, Lancaster said: “Yeah, obviously I think I’ve got to.
“It’s not just going to be my decision. We’ve still got another week to go. My priority is to get the team ready for Uruguay.
“It’s not up to me what happens elsewhere, so we’ve still got a lot of work to do. The responsibility and accountability lies with me, so clearly.”
Captain Chris Robshaw conceded his leadership role will also come under scrutiny moving forward, even though England must now face Uruguay next weekend in a dead rubber.
England cannot now reach the quarter-finals, while Australia’s victory ensures they progress to the last eight, with Wales qualifying too.
“I think this week we’re going to have to answer some really tough questions,” said Robshaw.
Victorious Australia coach Michael Cheika admitted Lancaster’s sticky job situation proved an unhappy by-product of the Wallabies’ impressive triumph.
“Our goal is not to put Stuart Lancaster in a difficult position, our goal is to play well and win games so we can try to get through a very difficult pool,” said Cheika.
“That’s something I’m not involved with and I don’t wish that type of difficulty on anyone because I’ve been there, I’ve been through tough times. And it’s hard, you feel like you want to do more.
“I don’t know him very well but he seems like a very genuine guy and he’s very proud of what he does. I’m sure he’ll bounce back. I know it’s tough but our intent is certainly not to do that, it was purely to get four points to try to get through the pool.”