2015 Rugby World Cup Preview: England

By Matt Findlay Leading into the 2015 Rugby World Cup (RWC) there’s been few teams spoken about as often, or as negatively, as the host nation. Head coach Stuart Lancaster made what many consider some dicey decisions in leaving out Nick Easter, Danny Cipriani, Luther Burrell and Billy Twelvetrees, particularly considering the inclusions of Owen Farrell and Sam Burgess instead. But, Lancaster still has plenty of depth in his squad and his side followed up a disappointing warm-up loss to France with a strong performance against Ireland, winning the latter 21-13. Despite being exposed at the breakdown, lineout and, surprisingly, scrum time against France, Lancaster said he is confident England will go deep into the tournament. In the pool of death, England will play Australia, Wales, Fiji and Uruguay, but there’s one factor in particular giving him said confidence – Twickenham, where England plays three of its four group games. "If we play at Twickenham like we played against Irelan
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