England’s new coach, albeit on a temporary basis, Stuart Lancaster, has outlined his manifesto for the reform of the national side, noting that players who lack a particular “character and talent” will be shown the door. The 42-year-old added that the focus will be on young players, when the time comes to select England’s Six Nations squad, in 2012..
Lancaster, who is joined in the England camp by fellow coaches, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell, said that, by the end of the Six Nations, England will hopefully be on “very strong foundations”, in preparation for the arrival of his replacement in the big chair, before summer, next year. Those looking at the 2012 Six Nations rugby betting will be keeping a close eye on his efforts.
The northerner is attempting to instil a new patriotism in his players, in a bid to repair the damage done to the image of English rugby during the recent World Cup. I’d like to think the players we select are going to be hugely motivated to put [the damage] right”, Lancaster said, noting that respect of England’s emblem, the rose, would be paramount..
However, Lancaster’s search for the next generation of England players got off to the worst possible start, at the weekend. The coach, on a scouting mission, was in the stands for Bath’s match against Leinster and the Harlequins fixture with Toulouse – only to see both clubs lose to their European opponents. Those looking at the rugby betting should bear this in mind.
The Leicester Tigers and the Northampton Saints were also beaten, by Clermont Auvergne and Castres Olympique, in what will be remembered as an abysmal weekend for English rugby. Only Gloucester and the London Irish managed to save face for England, dispatching Connacht and Racing Metro, respectively.
Returning to Stuart Lancaster’s plans for England; the former Leeds Academy boss says that he will not name a captain for the Six Nations until a pre-tournament training camp is completed. The Guardian reports that “six or seven” people are currently in the running for the captain’s armband.