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England need director of rugby but Lancaster should stay, claims Michael Lynagh

Published 25/10/2015

Jonny Wilkinson should be used more to help England, according to Michael Lynagh
Jonny Wilkinson should be used more to help England, according to Michael Lynagh

England need to appoint a director of rugby and tap into the experience of their retired senior players if they are to enjoy success on the big stage, according to former Wallaby Michael Lynagh.

Lynagh, who earned 72 caps for Australia and won the 1991 World Cup final at Twickenham, believes England were unlucky to find themselves in the same group as Australia and Wales but could have done more to help themselves go further in the 2015 tournament.

"I thought they'd do a lot better than they did, but, when you look at the experience of the team and the experience of the management, there weren't a lot of people that were involved in previous World Cups," Lynagh told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme..

"That for me is a big thing. If you look at the coaches involved at the weekend and in the quarter-finals, they are experienced men, they've been there and done it. E xperience is a big factor."

Lynagh backed head coach Stuart Lancaster to keep his job, but believes he needs more assistance.

"England need to look at their structure," he added. "I feel there should be a director of rugby that sits between the CEO Ian Ritchie and the head coach.

"You also need to look at all the intelligence that is available to Stuart Lancaster, people like Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Jonny Wilkinson, Will Greenwood, Matt Dawson and Jason Leonard who have won World Cups and been around for a long time and not been used in a way they should be used.

"Martin Johnson won a World Cup as captain and coached in a World Cup - it was not the greatest of World Cups but think of all the knowledge to pass on.

"Jonny Wilkinson could sit down with Owen Farrell and George Ford and talk about fly-half and goal-kicking, i t's all available.

"As a coach and a leader, I was always of the belief that you surround yourself with good people who have more knowledge than you in certain areas.

"Those resources are all there and available and I don't think they're utilised at the moment."

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