Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the England Rugby Team has admitted that he concerned with all the talk surrounding the collapse of the European rugby structure and has mentioned that a European rugby tournament must continue in order to boost the country’s chances in the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.
The English had last hosted the tournament in 1991, losing out to arch rivals Australia in the final and have been drawn in Pool A for next summer’s extravaganza alongside the Wallabies as well as Wales, their bitter rivals from the Six Nations as well the winner between the Cook Islands and Fiji who meet in a playoff final.
The England Rugby Team boss hopes that the impasse over the European rugby tournaments comes to a quick resolution after the French and English clubs expressed a willingness as far back as 2012 to sever connections with the European Rugby Cup led Heineken Cup. The existing contracts with the clubs and the tournament end this summer and the English clubs are still pushing for a Rugby Champions Cup.
Lancaster stated that given a choice, he’d rather see the English clubs play in a European tournament but added that they will just have to wait and see what transpires in the end.
He went on to mention that he is aware what is going on but he is not directly involved in it. He stated that it will be a huge blow if it doesn’t happen but it’s still early to comment on what will happen and will wait and see what happens.
The England Rugby Team boss, a former coach of Leeds Carnegie is desperate for his players to test themselves against the best players ahead of the Rugby World Cup to boost the chances of the team.