England kicked out of World Cup by Australia

The Rugby Football Union will launch an inquest once the World Cup is over, mindful that the review should not divert attention away from an event that has otherwise been very well received.


Tournament quarter-finalists Wales appealed for the rugby-mad Prince to follow his elder brother the Duke of Cambridge in supporting the men in red as they hone in on Saturday’s massive Pool A decider with Australia at Twickenham.

England’s defence coach Andy Farrell has dismissed suggestions that he had too much influence on team selection during the Rugby World Cup and gave forthright backing to his head coach Stuart Lancaster. As coaches, we are unbelievably happy with how he runs things.

He called on Harry to lead an across the board changing of allegiance by England supporters to neighbours Wales. The cross-code star was picked ahead of Luther Burrell in the final 31-man squad but Farrell denied there was any resentment within the camp over the decision. It was a special win (against England), but as soon as Monday comes we will be preparing for Wales.

Bracken hosted a charity Q&A staged last Thursday in which Vunipola is reported to have said he has never been coached by Stuart Lancaster, only Farrell, and that there was extensive opposition to the presence of Sam Burgess in the squad.

England players could face the humbling prospect of playing in the opening weekend of the Aviva Premiership while the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals are being staged, as there is no provision for a mandatory rest period following their exit from the tournament, The Telegraph understands.

One can only surmise that Lancaster was incapable of standing up to Farrell, just as he was when faced down by the big English clubs earlier in the year.

I couldn’t believe Danny Cipriani saying not one Wallaby would make the England team and wondered if he had been misquoted.

“It’s not the sort of job I’ll go out chasing, but I’d certainly chat to them if they thought I was the right man for the role”. However, this wasn’t the case as the Wallabies dominated this area of the game, winning a number of key penalties and overpowering England’s famed unit.

“That was the motivation to come out, do something slightly different and get back in it. We did it to a few extent but ultimately with the yellow card and a few things not coming off, we were defeated”.

Analysts have pointed to pubs as being among the worst hit by the 13-33 loss to Australia alongside shops and broadcasters who were hoping to capitalise on a strong performance from England. All the people have worked really hard in the last 14 weeks. “For us it is week by week”, said Foley. We are all mourning together, but Stuart’s had a brilliant chat with the guys.

England’s coach Stuart Lancaster observes his players warm-up before the Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Australia.

Scotland will finish second if they beat Samoa, meaning Japan, who could win a third game against the U.S. on Sunday, would still go out.


“We all feel a sense of disappointment at what’s happened and we owe it to ourselves to do it but we must look at it a calm manner”.

Bernard Foley

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