Stuart Lancaster says the English cricket side’s failure at the World Cup can serve as a lesson to his side in the lead up to rugby’s World Cup later this year.
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England crashed out of the tournament following a 15-run loss to Bangladesh on Monday, leaving many to suggest captain Eoin Morgan and coach Peter Moores be replaced.
While England still have two matches left to play in the Six Nations, Lancaster says his side can learn from their cricketing counterparts’ failure and better deal with the pressure of a World Cup.
“It’s hugely disappointing to see the cricket guys go out and you understand the expectation and the stakes,” Lancaster is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.
“I have a massive game on Saturday and another one the following Saturday, but you can’t help thinking ahead to what September is going to look and feel like. With it being in our own country, the pressure and expectation is going to be huge.”
Lancaster said he felt more Moores, but said it reinforced the need for his side to ramp up preparations for the home tournament.
“I’ve met him a couple of times but we haven’t spoken recently,” Lancaster said.
“Any coach can empathise with another from their country who has had a difficult World Cup. It reinforces the need for us to be as prepared as we can be for our big challenge in six months.”
England currently sit second on the Six Nations table, two points behind leaders Ireland.