England’s World Cup woes just got worse after World Rugby announced that their coaches are being investigated.
Stuart Lancaster’s off-field team are alleged to have breached rules relating to the communication with match officials during the game with Australia.
England were humbled by the Aussies, losing 33-13 at Twickenham, a result which sent them tumbling out of their home World Cup at the pool stages.
In doing so, England became the first time to ever crash out of their home World Cup at the first hurdle.
England’s coaches are now alleged to have communicated in a way that breaks usual protocol at some point of the match against Australia.
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World Rugby said in a statement: “World Rugby is investigating an alleged breach by the England coaching team of the match-day communications protocol between match officials and team members or union officials during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool A match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 3 October.
“The protocol prohibits certain conduct on match days, including coaches approaching match officials during a match or at half-time during a match.”
Lancaster’s future as England boss is under scrutiny following the exit from the World Cup, but RFU bosses have said that they will take their time in making a decision.
It is expected he will depart after Saturday’s match with Uruguay but will be asked to stay on to work with player development.