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Ex-England head coach Lancaster joins Leinster

Former England coach Stuart Lancaster has joined Leinster as a member of their senior coaching team, the Irish provincial side have announced.

The 46-year-old, who stepped down as England boss last November in the wake of the team's dismal World Cup showing, has joined the three-time European Cup winners on a contract that starts immediately and lasts until the end of the season.

Stuart Lancaster is off to Leinster. Credit: PA

Leinster turned to Lancaster after defence coach Kurt McQuilkin left the province's coaching staff this summer to return to New Zealand for family reasons.

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen told "Stuart brings a wealth of experience and is a highly respected figure in world rugby. We are all looking forward to having Stuart join our team and together helping the players maximise their potential as a group."


Stuart Lancaster trims World Cup squad down to 45

Lancaster has trimmed his squad down to 45. Credit: PA

England's Rugby World Cup training squad for their Colorado training camp has been reduced from 50 to 45, with Stephen Myler, Elliot Daly, Maro Itoje and Ed Slater returning to their clubs on standby and Nick Easter remaining at Harlequins for treatment on a sore back, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

England's opening World Cup match against Fiji, and every other game throughout the tournament, will be broadcast live on ITV and ITV4.


Hartley pays 'huge price' for indiscipline - Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster removed Dylan Hartley from his Rugby World Cup plans after losing patience with the England hooker's inability to address his self-destructive streak.

Dylan Hartley. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Hartley is unavailable for the tournament opener against Fiji on September 18 after receiving a four-week ban for head-butting Jamie George during Northampton's Premiership play-off defeat by Saracens last Saturday.

The 29-year-old's career has been blighted by a total of 54 weeks of suspension and Lancaster admits his latest disciplinary lapse left him with no choice but to drop Hartley.

"Clearly there comes a point when you think, actually, this message isn't really getting through. Dylan is going to suffer a huge price now," Lancaster said.

"He has got two or three years left at least at the highest level. It is down to him to prove he can control his emotions in those big moments because you have to have it as an elite player.

"You have to be able to play in big games where big decisions matter and emotions are running high and you have to be able to control them. If Northampton had made the final he would have missed the final.

"Can he make the good decisions under pressure in the big moments? You've got to trust that the players can do that. He's shown that there's an inconsistency there."

Lancaster admits Burrell is unlikely to recover for All Blacks

Burrell sustained a head injury against the Ospreys on Saturday. Credit: PA

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has admitted it is unlikely Luther Burrell will be fit for the opening Test of the autumn with New Zealand after the Northampton centre sustained a hand injury.

Burrell, who has seven caps, was withdrawn shortly after half-time of Northampton's European Champions Cup victory over the Ospreys with an injury to his right hand.

Burrell is still to join up with England's squad at Pennyhill Park in Surrey and will see a specialist on Tuesday to discuss a scan, but time is running out for him to face the All Blacks, the reigning world champions, at Twickenham on November 8.

Lancaster doesn't expect Burrell to recover in time to face New Zealand. Credit: PA

"I think it would be tight for New Zealand, if I'm being honest," Lancaster said.

"He's not been in camp this week at all. He's seeing the specialist and it will probably unfold over the weekend.

"He's still in the equation further down the line. He's definitely not out the series. We'll see how he goes.

"If the specialist is positive, then potentially he could come back into camp next week, but he won't have done any of the work.

"It would be a big step to put him in (against New Zealand)."

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