-: Nov 21, 2019 / Ustshahli Ustshahli

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

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By Mike Henson
BBC Sport
Eddie Jones will expect the only real way is up because, for the past 16 decades, England’s Rugby World Cup performances are moving in the opposite direction.
From world champions in 2003, in 2015, to the quarter-finals at 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 second trip down under of 2003.
Three months in 30 years, they had become the first England side prior to the championship to beat the All Blacks on their own turf with a victory in Wellington, in Melbourne seven days before beating world champions Australia.
A group apart from New Zealand came to the World Cup as favourites. And people and the local press sledged away in the prospective champions.
“We got it all of the time, every week,” recalls wing Jason Robinson.
“It had been all sorts. ‘The snowy orcs on steroids.’ ‘The older men.’ England could not play, we were boring, another and this .
“You constantly get it regardless of where you go, however in Australia likely more so.”
However, in the build-up into some final against the hosts, even the supporters of England were as much of a difficulty as their critics – with an of them turning their own personalities and descending on Sydney.
“That previous week felt as though we had been in jail,” adds Robinson.
“So many fans had come over – the service was fantastic – but we had been stuck in the hotel. We looked at Manly beach out of the hotel windows, however there were tens of thousands of fans outside looking back in.
“We couldn’t go out anywhere. It was a zoo. So when it came to the match we had been desperate to get into it and get it done.”
And they did get it done. Robinson scored England’s only try in an success.
“In 2000 I had been a soccer league player, being headhunted by England coach Clive Woodward and talking about this World Cup, knowing I might be part of this,” states the 45-year-old.
“Then 3 years later on, I had been there in the final, scoring the attempt.
“No additional experience in rugby can fit it, and it affects a great deal of things for you going forward. There are not many times when somebody does not tell me where they were on this day.
“You are doing it because you love the game, but to hear other people reminiscing about where they were force you to realise what an impact you had”
“It was completely different.”
Four years on, Robinson was in an England Rugby World Cup effort, but in contrasting conditions.
For a start, he wasn’t supposed to be there. In the age of 31, he had announced his retirement.
But England needed him. A run of form in 2006 had led to Andy Robinson being ejected in the head coach hot chair.
Brian Ashton, the successor of Robinson, convinced Robinson to come back to the global match for one final hurrah, even if the prospects of some repeat of 2003’s run seemed remote.
“We didn’t have participated in operation or choice, we weren’t playing well or performing independently and that there was bickering within the camp – a few players believed they should have been picked and there was division between a number of their squad and also the coaches,” remembers Robinson.
By South Africa confirming their status in their second pool game, England were hammered 36-0. Robinson thought his gaming career was over and pulled on his hand.
“It turned out to be a five-week recovery period and I can remember coming from the pitch thinking:’Dearie me, that is it,'” says Robinson.
“I spent much time together using Phil Pask, the physio. It was absurd, every half an hour we were doing something – icing, stretchingworking”
His final game was indeed against South Africa, but as a rematch in the last, as England fought beyond France and Australia to make an unlikely shot at become the first side to successfully shield the Williams Webb Ellis trophy.
The lasting image of the final was a loop of England wing Mark Cueto’s knee brushing a sliver of whitewashand denying that the underdogs a score in the second halfof the Without it, England went down 15-6.
“Our backs were contrary to the wall after that first defeat by South Africa. We’d been composed, but we produced the goods,” reflects Robinson.
“We all thought Cueto had gone in to be fair, but sadly it was not to be and, if I am fair, South Africa were the better team on the day.
“But it shows that you could get an ideal of this preparation, something such as 2003, but occasionally determination and doggedness will get you there too. We weren’t that far from winning it .”
In the aftermath of England’s quarter-final defeat by France in 2011, this website printed a glimpse of the controversies that had erupted en route to the exit door.
Surreptitious ball swaps, drunken flirting, concealed walkie-talkies gumshield sponsors, bungee jumping and an impulsive dip in Auckland harbour contributed in the area of 27 days to a record of eight incidents.
“We’d had plenty of training about off-field materials and been informed of all of the possible mistakes we could make,” recalls next row Louis Deacon, who now splits his time between working as forward coach for Championship side Coventry and being firm and venture manager for the Matt Hampson Foundation, which supports individuals injured through sport.
“We were well prepared for this in that way, however I don’t think we were prepared for if it did really happen.
“The night of the Mike Tindall episode [the center, recently married to Zara Phillips, was filmed along with his arm around the other girl ] other teams were doing precisely what we were doing.
“We had some time off, we had a team dinner, we went to get a few drinks and it had been just dismissed hugely out of proportion. It wasn’t anywhere as bad as it had been made out to be in the press.
“But we were fighting from then on. Coach Martin Johnson was speaking more about that off-field stuff than that which was going on on it.
“It was frustrating because we could not concentrate on the rugby. We’d head out as a group for a coffee and you will find artists all round. It had been difficult. We had been sitting targets.”
Late attempts from Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton had been needed to secure narrow wins over Argentina and Scotland respectively in the swimming pool, but England were favourites to beat a France team who’d lost to Tonga out time and when the teams met in Twickenham seven months before.
Following Wales’ quarter-final win over Ireland on the identical side of the draw earlier in the day, Johnson’s team might see a route.
“A little complacency settled in,” admits Deacon.
“France were at a little turmoil and there were tales coming out about the way they had all fallen out. We read too far into what was happening and just didn’t turn up.
“I think we were looking forward because we could have had Wales from the semi-finals, who we’d already beaten at the Six Nations and also at one of both summertime Evaluation meetings.”
Shipping 16 unanswered points before those ideas hurried on, with France holding out for a 19-12 win.
There was time for Manu Tuilagi making a police warning along with a 3,000 fine to himself.
“This was a little debate, a joke, and that I don’t think we thought Manu would take action – but he was young, just 20 years old,” says Deacon.
“This was bad timing after all that had occurred previously.”
Two years before the Rugby Football Union had put of arriving at their house World Cup using a top-two world rank, England trainer Stuart Lancaster the goal.
Since they got the championship using a strong 35-11 triumph over Fiji they were fourth, however, there was little hint of the carnage to come.
“We thought we had a chance to go all the way,” recalls scrum-half Danny Care, today among those co-hosts of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly.
“Stuart had done a heap of work behind the scenes using the squad to reveal how special it was to play for England, particularly at a home World Cup, also there were some amazing moments with relatives describing what it supposed to have their relatives at the group.
“With the support and power of being a house World Cup and the players we had, we believed we can give it a fantastic go.”
The choice calls of Lancaster had dominated the build-up into the tournament.
After being told he missed out fly-half Danny Cipriani had clashed. Controversially, Sam Burgess, also a rugby league convert that was fast-tracked, was included at the cost. Burrell later admitted his exclusion had left him mentally”broken”.
“It was not Sam’s fault that he got picked,” reflects Care. “He’s an unbelievable athlete and was not likely to turn down a chance to play at a World Cup. I think everyone in the squad only felt hugely accountable for Luther Burrell for falling ”
From the do-or-die pool-stage match that followed, Australia saw off England after a late defeat by Wales.
The fallout shortly followed with anonymous briefings in the camp asserting the air was too”controlling” and assistant Andy Farrell had too much say in group tactics.
Care saw the Australia conquer with Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth favored as the back-up option to Ben Youngs, from the racks.
“I didn’t go in the changing room afterwards, because the rest of the squad went straight back to the hotel,” Care recalls.
“We just saw the boys when they return. I really don’t think any of us might believe it to be fair. All that hard work we’d done and we had been out before we knew it.”
However there was one game still to be playedwith. England’s final pool match against Uruguay was a dead rubber, together with both teams. Contemplating his first playing time of the tournament, Care began a triumph in which Jack Nowell along with Nick Easter both scored hat-tricks.
“The tournament was for me I played a moment,” explained Care.
“However, I was very pleased to be playing with my very first World Cup match for England and was determined to put in a good performance. That was a few of us who had not played yet, so we had a point to prove.
“I just look back at it because the biggest opportunity missed.”
By Wales, England suffered a 16-3 quarter-final overcome at the World Cup in 1987 , possibly rescuing themselves a more heavy loss in the semi-finals. Eventual winners New Zealand beat Wales 49-6 in the last four.
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