Stuart Lancaster reveals England set for Leeds training camp

Stuart Lancaster held his first media session since his appointment today in Loughborough, where he revealed how preparations for the Six Nations were progressing.

Lancaster said that he has spoken to all of the senior players involved with the Rugby World Cup, apart from Simon Shaw and Jonny Wilkinson in Toulon, to get an idea of what went wrong in New Zealand. He revealed that England will have three training camps during the Six Nations, based at Pennyhill Park during the Six Nations, but beforehand having a four day camp at West Park RUFC in Leeds from 23rd to the 27th of January, whilst also using facilities at the Leeds Rugby Academy.

The move early on Lancaster stated was designed to give the players a fresh approach to training in a new environnent, with external speakers coming in (including League star Jamie Peacock), as well as training in conditions similar to those that will be experienced at Murrayfield. This is also where the EPS squad will be announced next week.

Regarding Danny Care, Lancaster spoke of his personal disappointment but felt that the appropriate action had been taken, keen to stress that Danny had accepted responsibility for his actions. The coaching duo were keener to keep affairs positive however by commenting on how excited they were by the announcement of Ben Morgan to play for England, somebody they had been “looking at for a while” in the words of Rowntree.

Stuart Lancaster on how England could play (mp3)

Graham Rowntree on Ben Morgan”s desire to play for England (mp3)

England coach Stuart Lancaster on dropping Danny Care (mp3)

Audio courtesy of RugbyMedia

7 thoughts on “Stuart Lancaster reveals England set for Leeds training camp

  1. Straight forward and open about his decision making – a breath of fresh air! Just hope it continues after the first set back (which will inevitably come at some stage) and uneasy questions from the press!

  2. Very happy with Lancaster’s initial statements. Loose framework, players taking responsibility, playing with freedom and reacting to what’s in front of them. Hopefully with the shackles off, they’ll start to deliver. I know the opposition’s different, but Lancaster’s success with Saxons and age groups for England – and particularly the style with which they’ve been playing – speaks volumes.

    Quick and decisive on the Danny Care thing – and all with an overriding sense of positivity, by the way.

    Looking forward to seeing Ben Morgan at international level, hope he gets his chance, which sounds likely actually, considering Rowntree mentioned how delighted he is to have him on board four times in a one minute comment.

  3. Uh-oh. Despite all evidence to the contrary and more repeated knock-downs than Rocky Balboa, I’m starting to feel that early, misplaced surge of false hope all over again.

    Bring on the 6 Nations.

  4. Exciting times for English rugby. Despite all the problems that have gone before, I can’t help but feel that Stuart Lancaster is exactly who we need at this time. Not since Clive Woodward have I felt that the right man is in charge. I just hope that they give him a chance at the position permanently if he does a really good job.

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