Rugby World Cup
RFU to review England's World Cup failure before taking any action
Tom Hamilton
October 4, 2015
England just didn't perform

The Rugby Football Union has ruled out any knee-jerk reaction to England's disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign.

England were knocked out in the pool stages of the tournament after suffering back-to-back defeats against Wales and Australia. They now have the unwanted record of being the first hosts to be eliminated from the tournament before the knockouts.

Stuart Lancaster and his other coaches now face uncertain futures but CEO Ian Ritchie says they will review the tournament before making any calls.

Stuart Lancaster, Head Coach of England
Stuart Lancaster, Head Coach of England© David Rogers/Getty Images

"I would like to stress, however, that there will be no hasty reaction to England's performance in this Rugby World Cup," Ritchie said.

England 13-33 Australia (Australia only)

"Lessons will be learnt from the results and they will be found in a calm, clear, rational and thorough manner in the fullness of time post tournament.

"Developing professional teams capable of securing international success has always been, and continues to be, a key imperative in the RFU's strategic plan. In the short term however the England team has a game to prepare for against Uruguay and everyone will give them their full support."

RFU chairman and former England captain Bill Beaumont added: "While acknowledging the deep disappointment of all connected with rugby union in England and especially our incredibly supportive fans, results in any major sporting contest are unpredictable, no matter the effort or endeavour involved.

"I am sure that our loyal England supporters will stay behind the team and their management as they head into the match with Uruguay.

"This is a group of young men who care deeply about representing their nation and their fans. Nobody will be hurting more than they are and, while they will expect an inevitable reaction, knowing that the rugby family is still there for them will really matter."

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