Six Nations
England can still win World Cup - Lancaster

England can still win World Cup - Lancaster

England's unsuccessful Six Nations campaign has not dampened Stuart Lancaster's expectations for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Stuart Lancaster remains bullish about England's chances of winning the Rugby World Cup in October, despite the country's failed bid to claim the Six Nations crown.

England saw off France 55-35 in a pulsating encounter at Twickenham on Saturday but it was not enough for Six Nations honours after Lancaster's men were required to win by 26 points following Ireland's 40-16 victory over Scotland earlier in the day.

Ireland have now claimed back-to-back Six Nations titles, with England last winning that crown in 2011.

But Lancaster believes the World Cup hosts can triumph in the showpiece Rugby Union event, which kicks off on September 18.

"We're definitely still capable of winning the World Cup. This season we've beaten Australia, we've beaten Wales and we've put 55 points on France," Lancaster said.

"New Zealand we've beaten before and we pushed them close in the summer series, so absolutely [we can win the World Cup].

"Against France you could see the influence the crowd had on the players. Playing at home is a huge factor.

"And we'll have a good three months inside us after a World Cup camp where we can work on our cohesion."

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