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Stand-in boss Lancaster to put faith in English youth

Published 09/12/2011 | 05:00

England's new interim head coach Stuart Lancaster admitted his first job will be to "get the culture right" in the wake of the World Cup fiasco.

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Lancaster will step up from his dual role of England Saxons coach and head of player development to take charge until a permanent replacement for Martin Johnson, who stood down along with attack coach Brian Smith after the dismal World Cup campaign, is appointed.

Graham Rowntree is the only member of the World Cup management team to be retained. Former dual-code star Andy Farrell has been seconded from Saracens, while there is no place for defence coach Mike Ford and forwards coach John Wells.

Leaked reports painted the picture of a dysfunctional squad, riven by a lack of trust.

Lancaster said: "We hope to learn those lessons. We want to get the culture right -- we want to ensure we have a talented group of young players who are hungry for success, who are ambitious, who want to win things."

Lancaster believes now is the time to give England's promising young stars a chance to shine.

"We have got a fantastic group of young players coming through," he said. "We have an opportunity to see how they get on on the international stage and I don't think we should shy away from that."

Irish Independent

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