Lancaster sounds warning to England RWC players

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has sounded a warning to his players telling them that they will have to train
harder than ever before to make it into his 31-man Rugby World Cup squad.

The warning comes as 50 players reported for duty on Monday at Pennyhill Park
as England’s preparations for a Rugby World Cup on home soil get underway.

“The players can expect a lot of hard work,” said Lancaster on
the England site.

“They will have to train like they have never trained before.”

“Club pre-seasons are equally tough but it is more the competitiveness
here when you know you are fighting for that shirt.

“The first three weeks will be tough on the players. Then we go to Denver
– it should get even tougher.”

Lancaster stressed the work would also include leadership development and off-field
activities designed to take the players out of their comfort zones.

The Head Coach will also devote time to one-on-one chats with each player to
give them feedback on last season and set goals and targets for the coming months.

“Ultimately it is their World Cup and they need to own the team and we
want to do as much as we can to give them ownership of the team, particularly
in this first few weeks,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to getting going.”

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