New boss Lancaster tells England: Play with pride, without fear… and win the World Cup!
16:04 GMT, 29 March 2012
Stuart Lancaster described his
appointment as England head coach as 'an honour and a privilege' as he
spelt out what he feels is needed for the team to claim World Cup glory
on home soil in 2015.
Lancaster's appointment has been confirmed
following a successful RBS 6 Nations campaign as interim manager
where he led England to second place in the championship, helping to
rebuild reputations after a disappointing World Cup showing under Martin
Johnson last autumn.
His next task will be to lead England
on a tough summer tour to South Africa, and he set out his blueprint
for how England can move forward in the build-up to 2015.
Master of all he surveys: New England head coach Stuart Lancaster poses at Twickenham on Thursday
Life looking rosey: New England head coach Stuart Lancaster on Thursday
'The two words that spring to mind are honour and privilege,' he told a press conference on Thursday afternoon. 'Being head coach of your national team in any sport (is an honour), but to do it at a time when we've got a World Cup in our own country is a huge, huge honour.
'It's a very proud day for myself and my family, but it's not about me, it's about the team and the connection between the team and the English public.
'We had 82,000 people come to watch us Twickenham, there were 10 million people or thereabouts watching the Ireland game. England is a country that gets behind a team, there is no country that does that better than England.'
Lancaster, who has worked his way up through grassroots coaching and is a former England Saxons coach, still works as assistant coach to the West Park Leeds Under 11s team but his thoughts drifted last night to how he could take England to the top of the professional game.
Vision of the future: Lancaster during his unveiling press conference at Twickenham on Thursday
'I was sat last night at West Park in Leeds having finished with the Under 11s and we were talking about the tour – not the South Africa tour, the Scarborough tour,' he said. 'I was sat there planning that and I thought “what would I want to see if I was a mini-team rugby coach or a spectator” and there are three things I'd like to bring to the (England) team.
'The first is pride, in wearing the shirt and the connection with people.
Reborn: Lancaster transformed England from World Cup flops to Six Nations title contenders
'The second is the vision for the future, and that is to win the World Cup in 2015.
'The third is for the players to play without fear, that when they come to play for England they can seize their opportunities and play without fear.'
Rugby Football Union chief executive
Ian Ritchie was not prepared to take questions on the make-up of
Lancaster's support staff.
Welcome on board: Lancaster with Ian Ritchie, the RFU chief executive (right)
coach Graham Rowntree is expected to remain part of the set-up but it
remains to be seen if Andy Farrell, who was seconded to England for the
Six Nations by Saracens, will join Lancaster's backroom staff on a
Lancaster added: 'It's been everything that I've worked towards, going through all the coaching qualifications, it's what you strive for and it's a shot in the arm for all those people who believe in coaching.
'For me to get to the pinnacle it's an unbelievable honour.'
The rise and rise of Stuart Lancaster…
1969: Born October 9 in Penrith, Cumbria.
Makes his debut for Leeds, where he became a regular fixture in the
side. Lancaster was Leeds' regular flanker and captain until 2000.
Retires from rugby after playing at Headingley for eight years after
becoming the first Leeds player to play a century of games since the
amalgamation of Headingley and Roundhay.
2001: Appointed head of the Leeds RFU Academy, a position which he held for five years.
Became the director of rugby at Leeds Carnegie and led them to
promotion back to the Premiership following a title-winning season in
Appointed the head of the Rugby Football Union's elite player
development in March, helping to bring through a number of exciting
talents including England scrum-half Danny Care.
2010: Becomes manager of the England Saxons.
2011: Wins the Churchill Cup with Saxons.
December 8- Announced Lancaster would
head up an interim England coaching team, also including Graham Rowntree
and Andy Farrell, for the Six Nations.
December 11 – Names an elite player squad featuring nine uncapped players and 13 changes from the World Cup campaign.
2012: January 25 – Announces his intention to apply for the job on a permanent basis.
January 30- Names Chris Robshaw as captain in their Six Nations opener against Scotland.
February 4 – England beat Scotland 13-6 in Lancaster's first match in charge.
March 17 – England finish second in the Six Nations behind Wales.
March 29 – Lancaster is appointed England head coach.
… and his record as England caretaker
Stuart Lancaster has an impressive record since taking charge of England as caretaker manager:
Played 5 Won 4 Lost 1
February 4 – Scotland 6 England 13
Lancaster's tenure began with a
scrappy first England win at Murrayfield in eight years as Charlie
Hodgson charged down a Dan Parks kick to score the try which Owen
Farrell converted. Farrell finished with eight points on his debut.
February 11 – Italy 15 England 19
Hodgson and Farrell came to the
rescue once again as England trailed 12-6 and looked set for a first
defeat in 18 Test matches against Italy in a freezing Rome. Hodgson
scored another charge down try and Farrell kicked 14 points with four
penalties and a tough conversion.
February 25 – England 12 Wales 19
England were denied what could have
been a match-drawing try, if they had gone on to kick the conversion, as
David Strettle was ruled by the television official not to have
grounded the ball in the final play of the game. Farrell kicked four
penalties as Wales clinched the Triple Crown.
March 11 – France 22 England 24
Lancaster's stock rose with a narrow
win in Paris as tries from Manu Tuilagi, Ben Foden and Tom Croft gave
England a mathematical chance of winning the title going into their
final game of the championship.
March 17 – England 30 Ireland 9
An impressive win put the dampener on
St Patrick's Day celebrations as England dominated, their scrum proving
particularly dominant. Referee Nigel Owens awarded a penalty try
against the beleaguered Ireland scrum and Ben Youngs also touched down.
Farrell kicked 20 points.