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BREAKING NEWS: Stuart Lancaster steps down from England

Lee Gormley | November 11, 2015

Lancaster leaves England role

Stuart Lancaster has stepped down as the head coach of England due to mutual consent, five years before the expiry of his contract, following his side’s dismal Rugby Union World Cup campaign.

“The Rugby Football Union can confirm that Stuart Lancaster has, by mutual consent, stepped down as England head coach,” read a statement.

“The decision follows England’s recent Rugby World Cup campaign which saw the team knocked out of the tournament at the pool stages after defeats to Wales and Australia.”

The 46-year-old was the subject of a five-man review panel after England bowed out of this summer’s World Cup at the group stages, with Wallabies coach Michael Cheika being recently lined-up as his successor, and he is 12/1 with Coral to take over permanently.

Although, former World Cup winning South Africa head coach Jake White is the 5/2 favourite to take charge next, while Northampton Saints coach Jim Mallinder is 2/1 to succeed Lancaster and current Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford is 5/1 for the England vacancy.

Lancaster led England to 28 wins in the 46 Test matches he took charge of, but the RFU’s chief executive Ian Ritchie said the decision was taken after assessing the performance at the World Cup.

“The Rugby World Cup was hugely disappointing for everyone associated with the England team and the subsequent review into the team’s performance was always intended to be extremely comprehensive, which it has been,” he stated.

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“Stuart has been fully involved and has given feedback as well as the other coaches, players, management and a wide variety of people from around the game. Following the review, Stuart and I met, where we agreed that he should step down as head coach. This was subsequently ratified by the RFU Board.”

Lancaster added: “I am obviously extremely saddened to finish the way we did in this World Cup and to step down from the role.

“As I have always said, I ultimately accept and take responsibility for the team’s performance and we have not delivered the results we all hoped for during this tournament. I did, however, want to take part in the review to ensure I understood the views of others before making a decision.

“The reality is that, while many aspects of the review were very positive, we didn’t achieve success on the field when it mattered and we all have to take responsibility for that but me especially as head coach.”

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