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.
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