The immediate inquest into England’s failure to survive the pool stage of their own World Cup threw up a thousand questions about Stuart Lancaster’s future as head coach that were never likely to be answered.
World Cup oblivion awaits if England lose for a second time in a fiercely competitive Pool A to become the first host nation to exit the tournament at the group stage, a fate made possible by the 28-25 loss to Wales.
Then you go to the next one. “It’s the World Cup and it will be tough every game and we will have to earn everything we get”. “I’m just really looking forward to it, they’re going to be up for it now”, Cheika said, the Sydney Morning...
Cheika said he told Cooper when naming the flyhalf to start against the All Blacks that “there is nothing to prove here, this is not some type of test for you, this is about your doing your job for the team in the game”.