Stuart Lancaster proud of England after Italy win
Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach, prefers to look forwards rather than backwards, but he could not help drawing a parallel between his side’s seven-try breeze past the Azzurri yesterday and the windswept performance they turned in against the same opposition a year ago, when they almost found themselves stranded on the rocks.
“We needed six penalties to beat Italy in last season’s championship – and that was at Twickenham,” said the Cumbrian. “To win like this in Rome is a mark of real progress.”
Lancaster was not 100 per cent happy – “We didn’t nail everything we wanted to nail by any stretch of the imagination,” he remarked – but his contentment levels were not too far short of the maximum.
“I don’t think anyone has come here recently and won by this kind of score,” he went on, “and to do it after a short turnaround from our game against Wales, which used up a lot of our energy, emotional as well as physical, is very satisfying. When you think that we have quality players to add, including a number of Test Lions, we’re in good shape.”
Pressed on his decision to ring the personnel changes off the bench in the final quarter, when England were big points up and showing signs of scoring plenty more, the coach defended himself with a passion.
“Tell me who among our substitutes failed to add something,” he said. “Didn’t Manu Tuilagi add? Didn’t our scrum take command? Didn’t Dave Attwood (the Bath lock) make a 50-metre break? Didn’t George Ford (the 20-year-old outside-half making his second international appearance) create the final try?
“We don’t plan our substitutions in advance. We react to what we see as the match unfolds and we thought those were the right calls to make.”
Pornhub: Cheeky Liverpool fan uploads Philippe Coutinho wonder-goal video to adult website
Diego Costa keeps coin thrown at him during Capital One Cup final
Lukas Podolski corner: Has the Arsenal forward taken the worst corner of all time?
Ireland 19 England 9 player ratings: Jonathan Sexton? Devin Toner? Alex Goode? Who was the star man in Dublin?
Eden Hazard didn't like the champagne on offer in the Chelsea dressing room
- 1 Raif Badawi, the Saudi Arabian blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes, may now face death penalty
- 2 Delhi bus rapist blames dead victim for attack because 'girls are responsible for rape'
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 4 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
- 5 Spiritual leader allegedly manipulated 400 men into removing testicles to be 'closer to God'
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut