Stuart Lancaster has left his post as England coach following the team’s early exit from the World Cup.
England became the first host nation to be eliminated in the group stageswhen they lost matches to Wales and Australia in Pool A.
“I ultimately accept and take responsibility for the team’s performance,” said Lancaster.
It was the first time an England side had failed to reach the knockout stages in their eight World Cup campaigns.
The 46-year-old was made permanent coach in 2012 and won 28 of his 46 games, but failed to win the Six Nations.
“I took on the role in difficult circumstances and it has been a huge challenge to transition the team with many hurdles along the way,” he added.
“However, I am immensely proud of the development of this team and I know that there is an incredibly strong foundation for them to progress to great things in the future.
“We have played some excellent rugby and it was always going to be tough to get the right level of experience into them in time for 2015. It is a young group of players with the huge majority available for the World Cup in Japan in 2019, where I believe their recent experience will make them genuine contenders.”