Rugby Union-Name World Cup squad now to end uncertainty, says Woodward

LONDON: England’s World Cup winning coach Clive Woodward wants current coach Stuart Lancaster to end the uncertainty surrounding his final squad for the World Cup by naming it immediately.

Critics concerned by a poor performance in Saturday’s 25-20 defeat by France in a warm-up game in Paris have voiced concerns that a week before the Aug. 31 deadline, Lancaster still seems uncertain about which players to cull for his final squad of 31.

His problems were further complicated on Saturday when many of the first-choice side underperformed and fringe players such as Danny Cipriani and Nick Easter made strong cases for inclusion.

Lancaster said he still has decisions to make on one or two positions and has not yet confirmed when he will announce his final squad. The squad is set to be involved in two full-on 15-a-side training matches this week to help the coaching staff finalise their choices but no date has been set for the squad announcement.

“England should have made their final cuts already and it’s clearly been affecting players and their performances,” Woodward said in a column for the Daily Mail.

Source: APP