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VIDEO – Culture will be key to England's success says Lancaster

08 December 2011

  • Lancaster is eager to move England forward following the World Cup
  • Interim Head Coach looking forward to blooding new players

Learning lessons from England’s world cup experience and getting the culture right in the squad are key to a successful 2012 RBS 6 Nations campaign, according to England Interim Head Coach Stuart Lancaster.

Lancaster joins up with Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell to take England through next year’s 6 Nations, and told "With Graham Rowntree’s experience of being out in New Zealand and my experience of being out in New Zealand and everything that has been said subsequently, we hope to learn those lessons.

"We want to get the culture right, we want to ensure we have a talented group of young players who are hungry for success, who are ambitious who want to win things and it’s our job as a coaching team to put that in place and to make sure that going forward we’ve got a foundation to build upon toward 2015."

England name their Elite Player Squad for the RBS 6 Nations on January 11 and following the retirement of some of England’s senior players, Lancaster is looking forward to introducing some new blood to the squad.

"[In selecting the squad] I’ll consult the other coaches and the Directors of Rugby, I’ll take on their views, but ultimately it’s the Head Coach’s responsibility and it’s a responsibility I’m not going to shy away from. We’ve got a fantastic group of young players coming through and we’ve got an opportunity to look at them and see how they get on the international stage and I don’t think we should shy away from that."