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Stuart Lancaster interview - what he said

Former England coach Stuart Lancaster is looking for a way back into the game.

Speaking five months after losing his job, Lancaster told BBC 5 Live's Sportsweek programme on Sunday how his life has been since England's World Cup failure and how he sees the future. Here are some of the best bits...

On England's pre-World Cup expectations

"I think everyone believed we could win it. I don't believe any coach in the top eight to 10 teams in the world wouldn't go into the tournament believing that. Clearly you're going to need bit of luck along the way. But we'd beaten sides along the way who went on to reach the semi and the final."

On sharing the pain of elimination with captain Chris Robshaw

"He's the only other person alongside myself who understood how it felt. I think it'll take us a long way in the future in terms of our relationship, I've got a lot of respect for him as a man."

On picking rugby league convert Sam Burgess

"The whole thing, whether it's Sam or other players who have big personalities, it can become a distraction if you let them, but I didn't feel it at the time. A lot of things were written about it afterwards that weren't true from Sam's point of view, who only tried his best to make it work, or from what I did or from what Bath did."

On family reaction to the Australia defeat that ended England hopes

"My wife and my daughter came down and my mum and dad. Fortunately my wife took them out of the stadium before the game finished. I think she saw when we lost Owen (Farrell) to the sin bin that probably the die was cast. It was a sensible move. They went back to Leeds that night. They were worried about me and I was worried about them and the pain extends to everyone really."

On the public reaction

"Once I got back into the normal world, while people were disappointed a lot of people did get the fact that it was a young team, it's still going to be a great team. It probably helped being back up north, in Cumbria, because they tend to look after their own. Generally people have been very supportive but it has been difficult."

On meeting up with his replacement Eddie Jones

"I think he appreciated the insight I gave him. We had a good chat. We talked about everything. We talked about the lead-up to the World Cup, we talked about the players and the players coming through. Hopefully I helped him and was useful for him but he had to make his own mark."

On support from his fellow rugby coaches

"I've been very lucky that a lot of experienced coaches who've been through the similar situation have contacted me and I've met them and had a coffee with them privately. They've all been through the fire at some point and the trick is to learn from the experience and use that experience to come back as a better coach and hopefully I'll do that."


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