Stuart Lancaster urges country to rally behind England players

Published: Saturday 3rd October 2015 by The News Editor

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England coach Stuart Lancaster called on the country to back his players after a crushing 33-13 defeat to Australia at Twickenham saw the host nation crash out of the World Cup.

Bernard Foley’s two tries and 18 points with the boot shattered errant England’s hopes, with Owen Farrell’s late sin-binning confirming head coach Lancaster’s nightmare scenario.

Australia’s largest-ever Twickenham victory over England ensured both they and Wales progress to the quarter-finals from Pool A, while England’s bid for World Cup glory lasted all of 16 days.

Lancaster told ITV1: ” I’m just gutted, gutted for all the fans and everyone at home. I’m sorry we let everyone down.

“The last 20 minutes Australia dominated and deserved to win.

“There are some fantastic young players in that England team. There’s 24 players playing their first World Cup and it’s going to hurt so badly.

“It’s going to be a good team and I want the country to stay behind the team because they are good lads.”

When asked about his own future as coach, Lancaster replied: “Obviously it’s not up to me.”

England captain Chris Robshaw said: “As you can imagine the changing room is a really quiet place.

” We feel we let the country down today.

“It’s the best atmosphere we’ve played in and unfortunately as players we didn’t quite get there. So we apologise to them and credit to Australia, they played well today.”

Robshaw added: “It’s tough. As a team we’re gutted.

“It’s tough, we started to build a little bit of momentum. Unfortunately we left ourselves a little bit too much to do.

“We thought we’d built a little bit of pressure but credit to their defence they put us under pressure.”

Published: Saturday 3rd October 2015 by The News Editor

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