No title means failure for Lancaster

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:53
Large stuart lancasterspeaks
England coach Stuart Lancaster has said anything less than winning the Six Nations would count as a failure for his side. 
 
England coach Stuart Lancaster has said anything less than winning the Six Nations would count as a failure for his side. 
 
Each of Lancaster's two previous Championships have seen England finish runners-up to Wales - England's opponents at Twickenham on Sunday.
 
They remain the only major European side Lancaster has yet to enjoy a victory over and this weekend's clash has been given added spice by the fact it will be the last time the two nations meet at Twickenham before a potentially key pool match in next year's World Cup.
 
But it is the example of Wales that England hope to follow this season. 
 
A heart-breakingly narrow 24-26 defeat by France in their opening match in Paris put paid to England's Grand Slam ambitions. 
 
But Wales lost their first match of last season's Championship, to Ireland, only to take the title with four subsequent wins including a record 30-3 victory over Grand Slam-chasing England in Cardiff on the final day.
 
"I agree that we need to close the deal and win the tournament," Lancaster said. 
 
"It was the objective at the outset to try to win the tournament.
 
"We didn't quite achieve what we wanted against France. That put us on the back foot.
 
"From that point on we've used Wales as motivation, after they lost their first game against Ireland last year but went on to win the title.
 
"In order to win a championship you have got to win four straight after losing the first. No-one has won a title on three wins.
 
"If we can get the win on Sunday, it's still within our capability," he added.
 
Lancaster is due to name his match-day 23 on Friday but fit-again centre Manu Tuilagi and wing Marland Yarde are unlikely to feature despite training with the squad this week following lengthy lay-offs caused by chest muscle and hip injuries respectively. 
 
"They'd have to go some [to be selected] in the next couple of days, it's fair to say," Lancaster said.
 
"It's a big ask for Manu to come back having had such a long period out.
 
"He hasn't had any time with us in camp whatsoever, so Tuesday will be the first training session he's done since the Wales game last year."
 
AFP
There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Zebre v Munster 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 14h00 Madejski Stadium
SIX NATIONS
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
England 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0
France 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0