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Stuart Lancaster relaxed over England's World Cup security precautions

Published 15/09/2015

England head coach Stuart Lancaster oversees training at the squad's Surrey base
England head coach Stuart Lancaster oversees training at the squad's Surrey base

Stuart Lancaster insists England are relaxed about the possibility of being spied upon during the home World Cup.

A screen has been erected around the training pitch at the squad's Pennyhill Park camp following completion of the three warm-up games for the tournament and reports state there is also an extra security detail on patrol.

Lancaster played down the threat of espionage, pointing out that opponents would glean far greater insight from watching video footage of England's matches rather than training.

"It wasn't our choice to do that (put up the screens). Every team does that," head coach Lancaster said.

"We're quite relaxed. I trust the security we have got is more than adequate. No, I don't spend too much time thinking about it (the threat of spying).

"I understand the point, but there is so much footage out there. What else can you learn from a training ground session? The analysis is so detailed. I've got enough to think about."

England open their World Cup against Fiji at Twickenham on Friday.

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