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Rugby World Cup 2019: Inside story of England’s past four campaigns

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From Mike Henson
BBC Sport
Eddie Jones is going to hope since, for the past 16 decades, England’s Rugby World Cup performances have been moving in the opposite way, the only real way is up.
From world champions in 2003, in 2015, into the quarter-finals in 2011 and a gut-punch, pool-stage exit in home gardening to runners-up from 2007.
That is.
England’s World Cup campaign was their next trip down under of 2003.
Three months in 30 years, they’d become the first England side prior to the championship to conquer the All Blacks on their own turf with a 15-13 victory in Wellington, in Melbourne seven days before beating world champions Australia.
A team other than New Zealand arrived at the World Cup as favourites. Along with the regional media and people sledged away at the would-be champions.
“We’ve got it all the time, every week,” recalls wing Jason Robinson.
“It had been all sorts. ‘The white orcs on steroids’ ‘The older guys’ England couldn’t play, we had been dull, this and the other.
“You constantly get it no matter where you go, but in Australia likely more so.”
But England’s fans were just as much of a problem using an of those turning their own heroes and descending on Sydney – as their critics.
“That last week felt like we had been in jail,” adds Robinson.
“So many lovers had encounter – the support was fantastic – but we were stuck in the resort. There have been tens of thousands of supporters outside looking straight back in, although we looked in Manly beach out of the hotel windows.
“We could not go out everywhere. It was a zoo. So when it came into the match we were desperate to get into it and get it done.”
And they did get it done. Robinson scored England’s only try in an success.
“Back in 2000 I was a rugby league player, being headhunted by England coach Clive Woodward and speaking about this World Cup, even knowing I might be a part of it,” states the 45-year-old.
“Then 3 years down the line, I had been there in the final, scoring the test.
“No other experience in rugby can accommodate it, and it affects a whole good deal of items for you moving. There are not many days when someone does not tell me where they were on this day.
“You do it because you love the game, yet to hear other folks reminiscing about where they were force you to realise what an impact you had.”
“It was totally different.”
Four years on, Robinson was in an England Rugby World Cup campaign, however in contrasting circumstances.
For a start, he was not supposed to be there. At age 31, he had announced his international retirement.
However, England wanted him. A pitiful run of shape in 2006, including eight defeats in two tests, had contributed to Andy Robinson being ejected in the head coach chair that was hot.
Brian Ashton, Robinson’s successor, convinced Robinson to come back to the international match even if the prospects of some repeat of 2003’s run appeared distant.
“We did not have participated in operation or selection, we weren’t playing well or performing independently and there was bickering within the camp – a few players thought they ought to have been being picked and that also there was division between a number of their squad along with also the coaches,” recalls Robinson.
In their second pool game, South Africa confirming their status hammered England 36-0. Robinson thought his career was over and pulled on his hamstring at the game.
“It was a five-week recovery period and that I can remember coming from the pitch thinking:’Dearie me, that is it,'” says Robinson.
“I spent much time together with Phil Pask, the physio. It was ridiculous, each half an hour we had been doing something – icing, stretchingworking.”
His final game was against South Africa, but because of rematch in the final, as England fought beyond France and Australia to earn an unlikely shot at become the first aspect to successfully defend the Williams Webb Ellis trophy.
The enduring image of the closing was a slow-moving loop of the knee brushing a sliver of whitewash , denying the underdogs a score early in the second half of England wing Mark Cueto . Without it, England went 15-6 down.
“Our backs were contrary to the wall then very first defeat from South Africa. We’d been composed, but we produced the goods,” reflects Robinson.
“We all thought Cueto had gone to be fair, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be and, if I am honest, South Africa would be the better team daily.
“But it shows that you can get an ideal of the preparation, something such as 2003, but occasionally determination and doggedness can get you there too. We weren’t that far away from winning it again.”
In the wake of England’s quarter-final defeat by France at 2011, this site released a timeline of the numerous controversies which had shrunk to the last-eight exit door.
Concealed walkie-talkies, drunken flirting, bungee jumping gumshield sponsors, surreptitious ball swaps along with an impulsive dip in Auckland lane led in the space of 27 days to a record of eight off-field events.
“We had had plenty of training about off-field stuff and been informed of all the possible mistakes we can create,” remembers second row Louis Deacon, who now splits his time between working as forward coach for Championship side Coventry and being firm and venture director for the Matt Hampson Foundation, which encourages people injured through sport.
“We were well prepared for this in that way, however I do not believe we were prepared for if it did really happen.
“The night of this Mike Tindall incident [the center, recently married to Zara Phillips, was filmed with his arm around the other girl ] other teams were doing exactly what we had been doing.
“We had some time , we had a group dinner, we went to get a few drinks and it was just dismissed hugely out of proportion. It was not anywhere as bad as it was made out to be in the media.
“But we were battling from . Coach Martin Johnson was speaking about that off-field stuff than what was happening on it.
“It was really frustrating because we couldn’t concentrate on the rugby. We would go out as a set to get a coffee and there were photographers around round. It was difficult. We had been sitting goals.”
Late attempts from Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton had been needed to secure thin wins over Argentina and Scotland respectively at the swimming pool, but England were agreeing to conquer a France team who had lost to Tonga last time out and when the teams met in Twickenham seven weeks before.
After Wales’ triumph over Ireland on exactly the side of the draw earlier in the day, Johnson’s team may see a path.
“A little complacency settled ,” admits Deacon.
“France were at a little turmoil and there were tales coming out about the way they’d all fallen out. We read too much into what was happening and just did not turn up.
“I believe we were looking forward because we might have experienced Wales from the semi-finals, who we’d already beaten from the Six Nations and also in one of both summer Test meetings.”
Shipping 16 unanswered points before the break hurried those ideas.
There was time for Manu Tuilagi to jump off the back of a ferry at Auckland harbour, earning himself a 3,000 fine along with a police warning.
“It was a little debate, a joke, and I really don’t think we believed Manu would do it – but he was young, just 20 years old,” says Deacon.
“This was bad timing after all that had occurred previously.”
Two years earlier, the Rugby Football Union had put England trainer Stuart Lancaster the target of coming at their house World Cup with a world rank.
They were as they got the tournament under way using a solid win over Fiji, however, there was little hint of the carnage.
“We thought we had a chance to go all the way,” recalls scrum-half Danny Care, today among the co-hosts of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly.
“Stuart had done a load of work behind the scenes together using the squad to show how special it was to play for England, particularly at a home World Cup, and there were a few terrific moments with relatives explaining what it meant to have their relatives in the team.
“With the support and power of being a home World Cup along with the players we had, we thought we can give it a great go.”
The build-up to the championship had been dominated with Lancaster’s selection calls.
After being told he missed out fly-half Danny Cipriani and assault coach Mike Catt about the training floor had clashed. Even more controversially, Sam Burgess, also a rugby team convert, was included at the cost of center Luther Burrell, who had started every one of England’s Six Nations matches. Burrell later confessed his exclusion’d left him mentally”broken”.
“It wasn’t Sam’s fault that he got picked,” reflects Care. “He’s an unbelievable athlete and was not going to turn down a opportunity to play in a World Cup. I believe everyone in the squad only felt hugely accountable for Luther Burrell for missing ”
From the do-or-die pool-stage game that followed, England were seen off by Australia after a dramatic defeat from Wales.
The fallout shortly followed by anonymous briefings in the camp claiming the air was too”controlling” and that assistant Andy Farrell had too much say in group strategies.
Care watched the Australia conquer with Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth preferred as the backup option to Ben Youngs, from the racks.
“I didn’t go in the changing room afterwards, because the remainder of the squad moved back to the hotel,” Care recalls.
“We just saw the boys once they got back. I don’t think any of us may consider it to be honest. All that hard work we had done and we were outside before we knew it.”
But there was one more game to be performed . England’s final pool game against Uruguay was now a dead rubber, with both teams. Contemplating his first playing time of this tournament, Care began a triumph by which Jack Nowell and also Nick Easter both scored hat-tricks.
“The tournament was for me before I played a minute,” said Care.
“But I was incredibly proud to be playing with my first World Cup game for England and has been decided to devote a fantastic performance. That was a number people who had not played yet, so we certainly needed a point to prove.
“I just look back at it because the largest opportunity missed.”
At the inaugural World Cup in 1987, England endured a 16-3 quarter-final overcome by Wales, perhaps rescuing themselves a heavier loss in the semi-finals. Eventual champions New Zealand beat Wales 49-6 from the previous four.
{England were joint hosts of the tournament in 1991 and came close to getting home the si

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