“I would like to stress, however, that there will be no hasty reaction to England?s performance in this Rugby World Cup”.
The 33-13 loss at Twickenham saw England become the first host nation to exit a World Cup before the knockout stage.
The Wallabies may have secured their last-eight spot at the Rugby World Cup, but Michael Cheika said there was still room for improvement.
“At the end of the day I’m the head coach and we didn’t get out of the pool”.
He said: “I’m the head coach and we didn’t get out of the pool”.
Stuart Lancaster says he takes full responsibility for England’s World Cup exit, but will not rush the decision on his future.
“It’s stating the obvious but it’s going to sit with us all forever, players, coaches and management”.
Will Carling, who was captain of the side that lost to Australia in that final, had claimed during the week coach Stuart Lancaster had not left his former post as schoolmaster behind in the classroom and treated his players like schoolboys. He urged the country not to turn on a young England team that was comprehensively out-thought and outfought over the 80 minutes.
Two converted first-half tries and four penalties from Wallaby fly-half Bernard Foley in a virtuoso display brought a richly deserved win on a black night for England’s men in white.
“I would hope the players would be supportive in the review”, Lancaster said. “I’ve just got to get them ready for next week”.
Folau then spilled a cross-kick on the try-line as he out-jumped Anthony Watson before both sides exchanged penalties, but on 20 minutes a series of yellow-shirted drives deep into England’s 22 prised open the safe door.
The host nation should overwhelm the team of part-timers, and once that is done and dusted, Lancaster will be forced to address his own situation.
“In the short term, however, the England team has a game to prepare for against Uruguay and everyone will give them their full support”, added Ritchie ahead of what will now be England’s last Pool A match, a “meaningless” fixture against minnows Uruguay in Manchester this coming Saturday.
“Words can’t express how disappointed we are”.
“We have been working hard on our scrum”. Credit to them, they looked to use the ball and play a few positive rugby.
Australia softened their hardline stance before the World Cup and their final try on Saturday was scored by Matt Giteau, a Toulon team-mate of Armitage.
The Australians exploited the pressure England was under in the must-win match, starting at a fast, physical pace.
“We’re not going to hide behind anything else”.
“In the final analysis we simply haven’t been good enough, on or off the field, at this World Cup and the way forward will be just that little bit easier if we admit that straight away”.
“So again, like I said, I’ve been in the lower section there of the [coaching] tier but I think there’s no need for any of those types of statements or anything like that”.