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Inexperience cost England — Stuart Lancaster : Rugby World Cup

by vlad on Вторник, Октябрь 6th, 2015

England’s inexperience was a factor in their early exit from the World Cup, says coach Stuart Lancaster.

England have the youngest squad  in the competition with an average age of 26.2. Each player averages 25 caps, the second fewest in Pool A.

«It’s hard to make selections when you have an inexperienced team and bringing more inexperience in,» said Lancaster.

England face Uruguay at Etihad Stadium on Saturday in their dead-rubber final group game.

Although they beat Fiji in their opening match, defeats by Wales and Australia meant England became the first host nation not to progress beyond the group stages.

Lancaster said «injuries» and «discipline issues» also affected England’s preparations for the tournament.

Centre Manu Tuilagi was suspended by England for assaulting police officers, while hooker Dylan Hartley was withdrawn from the squad after being banned for headbutting an opponent in a Premiership game for Northampton.

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