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Rugby World Cup

Stuart Lancaster stands at the crossroads

Life for England’s coach is about to change. Defeat tonight and he will likely lose his job. Victory will buy him time to fulfil the team’s promise. To that end Ian Herbert asks if this likeable man can shake the World Cup fever and return to his principles

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Don’t fret, the Aussies aren’t feeling too free and easy either

So England are on the point of heading out of the World Cup: the first host nation in the tournament’s history not to find a way into the knock-out stage. Really? It’s perfectly possible that things will turn out badly for Stuart Lancaster’s team tonight and it will be one hell of a painful experience, with all manner of ramifications, if it happens. But speaking as a good Australian, I can tell you that the Wallabies aren’t feeling too free and easy about life either. This is super-tense for both sides.