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  • 2011December 12

    Stuart Lancaster in attendance at two English losses

    Stuart Lancaster in attendance at two English losses

    New caretaker England manager Stuart Lancaster attended two games over the weekend, although both resulted in losses for the respective English sides, express.co.uk reports.

    Much hope has been placed onto Lancaster's shoulders, with him coaching England until after the Six Nations tournament while the RFU tries to order its backroom staff.

    In light of his new position, Lancaster set out in his designer menswear to watch two games over the Heineken Cup weekend, although both Harlequins and Bath lost to Tolouse and Leinster respectively.

    The England squad expected to take part in the Six Nations campaign is set to be announced next month, with Lancaster thought to be seeking a more meritocratic approach than the one ex-coach Martin Johnson was said to have utilised.

    Despite good performances on the weekend from Matt Banahan, the overall picture was not so rosy, with Tolouse ending Harlequins' run of wins and Bath failing to match reigning champions Leinster.

    However, the future of English rugby may look brighter than most think, with England's under-20s coach Rob Hunter telling The Mirror: "By 2015, I would be disappointed if there were not five England players in a World Cup XV.

    "Better athletes are coming through who are physically in better condition than four years ago.