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Monday 5 December 2016

Nick Easter: Forget the World Cup until we can conquer the norther hemisphere

Nick Easter has been called into the England World Cup squad
Nick Easter has been called into the England World Cup squad
Rugby Union - England v Australia - IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A - Twickenham Stadium, London, England - 3/10/15 England's Chris Robshaw (R) looks dejected as Nick Easter looks on Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic

Nick Easter (left) has urged England to rethink their devotion to the Rugby World Cup cycle by concentrating on first building a team to conquer Europe.

The hosts ended the tournament by routing Uruguay 60-3 in Manchester but their failure to reach the knockout phase had already been confirmed by successive defeats by Wales and Australia.

The English RFU's inquest begins today and the findings, which will include a verdict on the future of head coach Stuart Lancaster, will be published once the World Cup is over.

Players will contribute to the review with Easter ready to outline his vision for a team that must target "immediate success" in the Six Nations and on the summer tour to Australia rather than planning for the next global showpiece.

"What's important is that we don't look ahead to Japan in 2019," Easter said.

"You've got to set goals like becoming the best team in the northern hemisphere, like good England teams did in the past. Let's win a Six Nations, win a Grand Slam. Let's win those games them and then remember those situations."

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