Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Home Is Where the Hope Is for Stu

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Home Is Where the Hope Is for Stu

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ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster is hoping the comforts of home might help to bring a little normality to his quest for World Cup glory in 2015.

Lancaster is well aware of the pressure he and his players will be under as the hosts attempt to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for just the second time.

However, he is hoping a break from the intensity of the competition could prove crucial to their chances of success on home soil.

Lancaster, who was speaking in host city Newcastle as he marked the start of World Cup year, said: "It's quite hard for all of us to understand the impact.

"The event this evening, just speaking to the guys about the interest in Newcastle on an evening like this probably brings it all home, so when the clock ticks to 2015, for all of us life will be different.

"But the one thing I would also say is I remember reading an article when I was in New Zealand in 2011 that Dan Carter had written about the advantages of being in a hold World Cup where actually, whilst the intense scrutiny in massive and the pressure is huge in terms of home expectation, you can get home. …

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