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Rugby World Cup 2019: Inside story of England’s past four campaigns

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By Mike Henson
BBC Sport
Eddie Jones is going to hope since, for the past 16 decades, England’s Rugby World Cup performances are moving in the opposite way the only way is up.
From world champions in 2003, to runners-up in 2007, into the quarter-finals from 2011 and a gut-punch, pool-stage exit on home turf in 2015.
That is.
England’s World Cup campaign was their second trip down beneath of 2003.
Three months in 30 years, they’d become the first England side before the tournament to conquer the All Blacks in their turf before beating world champions Australia, with a victory in Wellington seven days later in Melbourne.
For the first time, a group other than New Zealand arrived at the World Cup. Along with the regional press and public sledged away in the prospective champions.
“We’ve got it all the time, each week,” remembers wing Jason Robinson.
“It had been all kinds. ‘The white orcs on steroids’ ‘The old guys’ England couldn’t play, we were dull, another and this .
“You consistently get it regardless of where you go, however in Australia likely more so.”
However, at the build-up to some final against the hosts, even England’s fans were just as much of a difficulty because their critics – with an of them turning their heroes and descending on Sydney.
“That previous week felt as though we were in jail,” adds Robinson.
“So many fans had come over – the support was fantastic – however we were stuck in the hotel. We looked at Manly beach from the hotel windows, however there have been thousands of supporters outside looking back in.
“We could not go out everywhere. It was a zoo. So when it came into the game we had been desperate to get to it and do it.”
And they did do it. Robinson scored the only try of England in an extra-time success sealed by Jonny Wilkinson’s drop-goal.
“In 2000 I had been a rugby league player, being headhunted by England coach Clive Woodward and speaking about this World Cup, even knowing I might be part of it,” states the 45-year-old.
“Then 3 years later on, I had been there at the final, scoring the test.
“No additional expertise in rugby can match this, and it affects a whole great deal of things for you moving ahead. There aren’t a lot of times when somebody doesn’t tell me where they were on this day.
“You are doing it because you love the game, but to hear other folks reminiscing about where they’re force you to realise what an impact you had.”
“It was totally different.”
Four years on, Robinson was in an England Rugby World Cup campaign, but in contrasting conditions.
For a start, he wasn’t supposed to be there. In age 31, he had announced his retirement.
However, he was needed by England. A run of form in 2006, such as eight defeats in two tests, had contributed to Andy Robinson being ejected in the head trainer hot chair.
The successor of Robinson, brian Ashton, convinced Robinson to go back to the game even if some repeat of 2003’s run’s prospects appeared distant.
“We didn’t have consistency in operation or choice, we weren’t playing well or performing independently and that there was bickering within the camp – some players thought they should have been being picked and there was division between a number of their squad and the coaches,” recalls Robinson.
By South Africa apparently confirming their status in their pool match, England were hammered 36-0. Robinson believed his soccer career was finished and pulled his hand in the game.
“It turned out to be a five-week recovery time and that I can remember coming from the pitch thinking:’Dearie me, that is it,'” says Robinson.
“I spent some much time with Phil Pask, the physio. It was absurd, each half an hour we were doing anything – icing, stretchingworking.”
His last game was really against South Africa, but as a rematch in the last, as England fought beyond France and Australia to make an unlikely shot at become the primary aspect to shield the Williams Webb Ellis trophy.
The image of the closing was a slow-motion loop of England wing Mark Cueto’s knee cleaning a sliver of whitewash, denying the underdogs a key score early in the second half. Without it, England went 15-6 down.
“Our backs were contrary to the wall after that very first defeat by South Africa. We had been composed, but we made the goods,” reflects Robinson.
“We all believed Cueto had gone to be fair, but unfortunately it was not to be and, if I’m fair, South Africa were the better team on the day.
“But it shows you can have an ideal of this groundwork, something such as 2003, but sometimes determination and doggedness can get you there as well. We weren’t that far apart from winning it again.”
In the aftermath of England’s quarter-final defeat by France at 2011, this website printed a timeline of the many controversies which had shrunk en route to the exit door that was last-eight.
Surreptitious ball swaps, drunken flirting, hidden walkie-talkies , illegal gumshield patrons, bungee jumping and a spontaneous dip in Auckland lane contributed in the space of 27 days.
“We’d had plenty of coaching about off-field materials and been told of all the probable mistakes we can make,” remembers next row Louis Deacon, who divides his time between working as forwards coach for Championship side Coventry and being commercial and venture director for the Matt Hampson Foundation, which encourages people injured through sport.
“We’re well prepared for this that way, however I do not think we had been prepared for if it did really happen.
“At night of the Mike Tindall episode [the center, recently married to Zara Phillips, was filmed along with his arm around another girl ] other groups were doing exactly what we were doing.
“We had some time , we had a team meal, we went to get some drinks and it had been just dismissed hugely out of proportion. It wasn’t anywhere as bad as it was made out to be in the press.
“But we were fighting from then on. Coach Martin Johnson was speaking more about that material than that which was happening on it.
“It was really frustrating because we couldn’t concentrate on the rugby. We’d go out as a group to get a coffee and there were photographers around round. It had been difficult. We had been sitting goals.”
Late tries from Ben Youngs and Chris Ashton had been needed to procure thin wins over Argentina and Scotland respectively at the pool, but England were agreeing to conquer a France team who’d lost to Tonga out time and when the teams met in Twickenham seven weeks before.
After Wales’ quarter-final win over Ireland on exactly the identical side of the draw earlier in the day, Johnson’s team may see a route.
“A little complacency settled in,” admits Deacon.
“France were at a little turmoil and there were stories coming out about the way they had all fallen out. We read too much into what was happening and just didn’t turn up.
“I think we had been looking ahead because we could have experienced Wales from the semi-finals, who we’d beaten from the Six Nations and in one of both summertime Evaluation meetings.”
Shipping 16 unanswered points before those thoughts hurried, with France holding out to get a 19-12 win.
There was still time to get Manu Tuilagi to leap off the rear of a ferry at Auckland harbour, making himself a 3,000 fine along with a police warning.
“It was a little debate, a joke, and that I don’t think we believed Manu would take action – but he had been young, only 20 years old,” says Deacon.
“It was bad timing after all this had happened before.”
A couple of years before the Rugby Football Union had set of coming World Cup with a world rank, England coach Stuart Lancaster the goal.
They were as they obtained the championship under way however, there was little suggestion of the carnage to come.
“We actually thought we had a opportunity to go all the way,” remembers scrum-half Danny Care, now among the co-hosts of BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly.
“Stuart had done a heap of work behind the scenes together with the squad to demonstrate how special it was to play for England, particularly at a house World Cup, also there were a few fantastic moments with relatives explaining what it intended to have their loved ones from the team.
“With the support and power of being a house World Cup and also the players we had, we thought we could give it a fantastic go.”
The choice calls of Lancaster had dominated the build-up into the championship.
Fly-half Danny Cipriani had clashed after being told he missed out. More controversially, Sam Burgess, also a fast-tracked soccer team convert, was contained at the expense of centre Luther Burrell, who had initiated all of England’s Six Nations matches. Burrell later admitted his exclusion had left him emotionally”broken”.
“It was not Sam’s fault he got picked,” reflects Care. “He’s an incredible athlete and was not likely to turn down a chance to play in a World Cup. I believe everyone in the squad just felt hugely sorry for Luther Burrell for missing out.”
Following a stunning late defeat by Wales, England were seen off by Australia from the match that followed.
The fallout soon followed by anonymous briefings in the camp asserting the air was too”commanding” and assistant Andy Farrell had a lot of say in team strategies.
Care observed the Australia defeat with Saracens’ Richard Wigglesworth favored to Ben Youngs as the backup option, from the stands.
“I did not go in the changing room afterwards, because the rest of the squad went straight back to the hotel,” Care remembers.
“We only watched the boys once they return. I really don’t think any of us might consider it to be fair. All that hard work we’d done and we had been out before we understood it.”
But there was yet another game to be played. England’s final pool game against Uruguay was a dead rubber, using both teams removed. Contemplating his first playing time of this tournament, a 60-3 win in was began by Care.
“The tournament was over for me before I played a minute,” explained Care.
“But I was very happy to be playing my very first World Cup match for England and was determined to devote a good performance. That was a fair number people who hadn’t played yet, so we had a point to prove.
“I just look back at it because the biggest opportunity missed”
At the World Cup in 1987, England endured a 16-3 quarter-final overcome by Walessparing themselves a more heavy loss in the semi-finals. Eventual champions New Zealand beat Wales 49-6 in the last four.
{England were joint hosts of the tournament in 1991 and came close to getting home the si

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