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Lancaster Praises Impact

London: Stuart Lancaster will announce his World Cup squad later rather than sooner after admitting that the contributions made by England’s replacements against France in Paris yesterday. This is where
24 Aug 2015 11:21
Lancaster Praises Impact
France wing Noa Naikataci (left), defends against England in Paris yesterday.

London: Stuart Lancaster will announce his World Cup squad later rather than sooner after admitting that the contributions made by England’s replacements against France in Paris yesterday.

This is where a 19-point deficit was nearly wiped out in the final 10 minutes, had given him something to think about.

Danny Cipriani scored England’s first try and made a difference to their back play, while Danny Care provided a spark at scrum-half and the five forwards all made an impact after an hour of rugby that ranked among the most disjointed England have produced under Lancaster.

“The bench made a huge difference and increased the energy,” said the head coach. “It made the last 20 minutes positive for us, although it did not gloss over the rest of the game. Dave Attwood, Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani made a difference when they came on, the two props [Mako Vunipola and David Wilson] did well, Jamie George was excellent and so was Danny Care.”

Asked if he knew his 31 for the World Cup or needed more time, he replied: “I do not know it. I will have to go away and think about it, watch the match again, have a chat with the coaches and make decisions towards the end of the week.”

The deadline is a week on Monday,  August 31.

“We are two weeks away from playing Ireland and four from Fiji,” Lancaster said, referring to the final warm-up and the opening match of the tournament.

“The boys are disappointed and I expect a reaction next time we play. Our performance in the first 60 minutes was not good enough at this level. Our decision-making at the breakdown was poor, so was our discipline and there were issues at the set pieces.”

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