Carling urges Lancaster to shake up coaching set-up after World Cup exit

England's Chris Robshaw (right) walks off the pitch dejected after the World Cup defeat against Australia at Twickenham.  Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.
England's Chris Robshaw (right) walks off the pitch dejected after the World Cup defeat against Australia at Twickenham. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire.
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Former England captain Will Carling believes Stuart Lancaster should keep his job as head coach - if he is prepared to make changes to his staff.

Lancaster’s future has come under scrutiny after Saturday’s 33-13 defeat to Australia which eliminated them from their home World Cup at the pool stage.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has since ruled out any ‘’hasty reaction’’ following the huge disappointment and said that a “calm, clear, rational and thorough” review will take place when the tournament has ended.

Carling, who as captain in 1991 led England to the World Cup final at Twickenham, thinks England have underachieved during Lancaster’s four years in charge but that the blame does not lie solely at his door - bringing into question the roles played by assistants Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt.

“Stuart Lancaster is a hugely likeable guy and he has done a very, very good job and that has to be kept in mind, but you have to take a step back because this is not a personal judgement on whether you like the guy or not.

“It is a decision about what is best for English rugby and what will allow us to win games,” Carling told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme.