What now for England?

It was a great result for England at the weekend. I managed to catch the second half and witness the destruction of the Irish scrum which was a real high for the England team to finish the tournament on. 4 wins from 5 games including 3 away from home is no mean feat in test match rugby, especially given the amount of discussion throughout the whole tournament surrounding Stuart Lancaster’s future. He managed to shield the squad from those distractions enabling them to perform as well as they did. So, after such success, what now for England?

In the coming weeks they have big decisions to take regarding the make up of the coaching team to take the squad to the next world cup. For me it is hard to see past Stuart Lancaster taking the role, but the big issue will be whether they can secure the services of Andy Farrell whom Saracens are far from keen to see leave. Assuming that release can be negotiated, the management/coaching team have obviously created an environment the players enjoy and can perform in. You can only assume that as the squad and management gain experience that this will improve.

England have a young but very promising group of players and 3 years to get them ready for the rigours international tournament rugby. I think it would be a waste of the tournament just gone to once again change the setup and start from scratch. That said, Nick Mallett is a very experienced international coach with a great track record. It’s a tough call, but for me, Lancaster gets the job.

Neil Welch

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