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Rugby World Cup: Will Carling claims Stuart Lancaster treats England stars like schoolboys

Published 29/09/2015

Will Carling
Will Carling

England begin the countdown to the defining match of Stuart Lancaster's reign amid accusations by former captain Will Carling that their head coach has created a "classroom orientated environment" among players treated as "schoolboys".

World Cup survival hinges on the outcome of Saturday's showdown with Australia after Wales left Twickenham with a stunning 28-25 upset victory. Should England lose, they will become the first host nation to exit at the group stage.

Captain Chris Robshaw has been condemned for opting for an attacking line-out in the closing moments when awarded a penalty instead of giving Owen Farrell the chance to kick for goal that would have secured a draw.

Carling, who led England 59 times, is scathing.

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"England were panicking. I don't blame Chris as much as I blame others. I blame the environment," Carling said.

"We have a very prescriptive environment. I've listened to Stuart Lancaster say that 'I don't have the leaders and we're having to make the decisions as coaches'. It's a classroom orientated environment.

"My view is that he has had leaders and he needed to have trusted them and develop them.

"What we watched in the last minutes was a confused debate between people who have never been given responsibility. We've treated them as schoolboys."

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