England boss targets World Cup
'Pride, vision and no fear,' the keys to success for Lancaster
By Graeme Mair - Twitter: @gmair 1. Last Updated: March 30, 2012 8:52am
New England head coach Stuart Lancaster outlined his plans for the future after being formally announced in the job at Twickenham.
Lancaster oversaw four wins in an interim capacity during the Six Nations and has now been given a contract through to January 2016.
And the former Leeds boss admits it is all about building towards a successful World Cup on home soil in 2015.
"The vision is to win the World Cup in 2015."
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Lancaster worked well with scrum coach Graham Rowntree and attack coach Andy Farrell during the Six Nations but the RFU have yet to finalise his backroom team.
"It's not about me, it's about the team and the connection between the team and the English public," said Lancaster.
"...England are a country that get behind a team, there is no nation in the world that does that better than England.
"I want everyone to feel part of this journey."
Lancaster continued: "There are three things I'd like to try and bring to the team.
"The first is pride; pride in wearing the shirt and a connection that people and the players can resonate with.
"The second is vision; a vision for the future, people can direct their energy through that vision.
"The vision is to win the World Cup in 2015 and give experience to a group of players we have started the journey with.
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"And the third is to create an environment where the players play without any fear.
"When they come to play for England they can see the opportunities, and get the opportunity to express themselves on the world stage.
"And the final point I'd make is the players are committed to that. They were fantastic in the Six Nations, we were eight weeks together and achieved a huge amount.
"But we recognise we've got a huge amount to do. The players have committed to that journey. We've got to commit, sacrifice for what will be an unbelievably challenging tour to South Africa (this summer).
"But we are all excited about the journey and, from my point of view, I couldn't be happier."