England want to tap into the thoughts of their Pool A rivals about why they thought Stuart Lancaster’s team were so bad
England are set to approach Warren Gatland … to ask him why their bumbling World Cup campaign went so wrong.
The five-man RFU panel assembled to investigate the reasons for England’s failure are ready to tap into the thoughts of their Pool A rivals.
That means Gatland is likely to be canvassed for his opinion into the hosts’ failure to get beyond the group stages after England were dumped out of their own competition by Wales and Australia.
Gatland masterminded the backs to the wall 28-25 victory at Twickenham which ensured Wales qualified at the expense of the Red Rose.
And 2003 England World Cup winner Ben Kay, a member of the five-man panel, believes the RFU will get a better understanding of England’s demise by speaking to the likes of Gatland and Australia coach Michael Cheika, whose Wallabies stuffed Stuart Lancaster’s men 33-13.
“I would suggest speaking to some people not involved with England, to the teams they were playing against, to get information from them about what they were thinking about the England team at the time and whether that gave them an advantage going into the game,” Kay told BT Sport.
If the review panel do approach Gatland and he agrees to help, the Welsh coach is likely to be asked about a range of issues.
They would include Stuart Lancaster’s surprise midfield selection of Owen Farrell, Sam Burgess and Brad Barritt against Wales and what he thought of Chris Robshaw’s decision to go for a try rather than order a kick at goal which would have tied the game at 28-28.
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