Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby Six Nations

Lancaster compares finale to the last day of Ryder Cup

England head coach Stuart Lancaster insists only the final stage of the Ryder Cup can compare with Saturday's climactic round of the RBS 6 Nations.

The race for the title has been reduced to three teams, with Wales and Ireland competing against the Red Rose to be crowned champions on an afternoon of three staggered kick-offs.

Lancaster believes the golfing showpiece contested by Europe and the United States every two years is the only sporting occasion that can match the drama created by the Six Nations' refusal to synchronise the last instalment of games.

"I can't think of another situation in sport where you'd go into it with this points differential that can affect the psychology, so it is different from a World Cup," Lancaster said.

"The only scenario I can think of that is similar is the final day of the Ryder Cup when you're ahead or behind when the singles are coming.

"It's that sort of feeling. It will tell us a lot about the players, but it is a pretty unique situation as well."

Lancaster has made one change to his starting XV after promoting Geoff Parling from the bench at the expense of Dave Attwood.

Parling has called for England to stand up and be counted as they seek to claim a first title since 2011.

"These sort of games are when you probably see a team's character," Parling said.

Belfast Telegraph

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph