Six Nations 2012: Stuart Lancaster wants England to finish on a high
Stuart Lancaster wants England to end their Six Nations campaign with a win against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday
Stuart Lancaster insists there’s no chance England will still be basking in the glow of their victory in France when they complete their Six Nations campaign against Ireland.
Interim coach Lancaster, who has applied for the job full-time, has seen his rebuilt team steadily improve throughout the tournament, culminating with victory in Paris last weekend.
England now go into the final game with Ireland with an outside chance of retaining their Six Nations crown, although they would require a handsome victory over Ireland and for France to beat Grand Slam-chasing Wales heavily.
And despite the victory over France appearing to prove the wisdom of Lancaster’s decision to blood the likes of fly-half Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt, the coach is adamant England must finish the job.
“You can just tell from the body language and demeanour of the players there was no feeling of ‘job done’ after the France game and they will give their all on Saturday,” said Lancaster.
“We are very excited to be playing back at Twickenham, in front of our home fans and against a high quality Ireland side, who are probably unlucky not to be going for a Grand Slam when you look at their results.”