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Lancaster praise for football boss Roy Hodgson
ESPN Staff
January 20, 2013
England coach Stuart Lancaster talks to reporters, England media briefing, Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, England, March 5, 2012
England boss Stuart Lancaster has picked the brains of his football counterpart Roy Hodgson © Getty Images
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England boss Stuart Lancaster has spoken of his admiration for his football counterpart Roy Hodgson following a meeting of coaching minds.

Lancaster, whose side kick off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland on February 2, has described Hodgson as "a coach in the purest sense of the word" following the latest in a series of meeting with a variety of coaches from other sports including England cricket coach Andy Flower and British cycling supremo Sir Dave Brailsford.

England claimed a stunning victory over world champions New Zealand in their most recent outing and Lancaster is confident this pooling of coaching expertise will help him nurture further improvement from his side.

"I met Roy Hodgson - he, to me, is a coach in the purest sense of the word," Lancaster told the Independent on Sunday. "If you look at his track record, where he's coached and the level he's coached at, at so many different clubs, there are so many experiences that we talked about that I could tap into, about getting the best out of players and creating winning environments. At club level it's probably unprecedented, his track record.

"I met Andy Flower, and it was the same thing. Football, cricket, and rugby league as well - we all have similar traits when we're national coaches, aiming to create that high-performing culture in a short space of time. We meet as much as we can. It makes sense for it to happen more. We all want to learn from each other how to be better. We want to be world-leading in sport."

Lancaster's admiration for Brailsford in particular is well-documented with the coach commenting: "At this level very small margins can win or lose games. Dave Brailsford is a hugely impressive man. He's done a great job in taking cycling from where we were good and competitive in world sport to being world leaders. He surrounded himself with great people and it's a model we'd like to replicate; a team the people in Britain are proud of, and rightly so."

Looking ahead to his side's Six Nations challenge, Lancaster said: "Expectations have been raised on the back of beating New Zealand and it's our responsibility to make sure we hit the ground running in the Six Nations and replicate the intensity and accuracy we put into that performance."

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