Lancaster Admits To Still Being Haunted By World Cup But Wants Return To Coaching

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Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster says he is still affected by their World Cup failure, but is now ready to return to full-time coaching.

Lancaster left his role with England after they were knocked out in the pool stages of last year’s home tournament.

“You think about it every minute of most days, or every day really,” Lancaster, 46, told Sportsweek.

“It has been a while, and a lot of things have happened since then, but it’s still fresh in my mind.”

The hosts were eliminated from the World Cup when they were beaten by Australia – a week after a dramatic loss to Wales – and Lancaster says he accepts responsibility for England’s failure.

“I was accountable more than anyone. I was the head coach and it was my responsibility to lead the team,” he said.

Lancaster says he was more pleased than anyone to see the team bounce back to win the Six Nations Grand Slam under his successor Eddie Jones.

“I’m delighted for the players, the management and the coaches that we got the Grand Slam,” he continued.

“I’m equally delighted for the England rugby fans, because they stayed behind the team right the way throughout. They all deserve the success.

“I will always support the England team – whether it is players and coaches – and that will never change.”

And after spending time at rugby clubs in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa this year, Lancaster is gearing up for the next chapter of his career, with the 46-year-old willing to take a job in the southern hemisphere.

“I don’t feel so burnt by the whole experience that I don’t want to coach again,” he said.

“You need a new project to get your teeth into, otherwise you are always dwelling on the old one.

“The lure of coaching Super Rugby is a big one for me personally. The southern hemisphere would be a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity.

“Hopefully something will come around the corner soon, but there aren’t many jobs in Super Rugby that are going to come up and there aren’t many jobs in the Premiership that are going to come up.

“You have to weigh up your family as well, [so] whichever way you look it’s a big decision, and I want to make it the right decision.”

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