England’s interim head coach Stuart Lancaster has outlined his vision for the future of his side.
England are 11/4 with bookmaker to win the Six Nations, which begins in February, and plans are being put in place as Lancaster searches for the next set of players to move the country in the right direction.
Mark Cueto will not take part in February’s tournament while there has been speculation that Nick Easter will also be axed. But the foundations are already being laid and Lancaster has outlined his strategy for the coming few weeks.
The head coach said: “From a management point of view, what Graham (Rowntree) and I are keen to do is align our philosophies. Unlike a club when you spend time together all the time, we’ve got to hit the right balance between spending time together ourselves, but also spending an equal amount of time building relationships with clubs.”
He added: “From an England point of view, we want a clear way of how we want to play and we want to have a clear philosophy on the way we would like to take the squad forward.
“Finally, we’ve been looking at the environment and how to create a different feel for the team and for the squad.”