LEE DOUGLAS: I’d keep faith with coach Lancaster

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Sometimes you have to fail in order to succeed - and I firmly believe Stuart Lancaster could be a success in charge of the England team.

Yes, the World Cup has been a disaster and Saturday night was very disappointing.

Under-fire England coach Stuart Lancaster

Under-fire England coach Stuart Lancaster

But do I think Stuart is the man to take the team forward? Yes I do.

He has some great ideas and I just hope he continues in his post after the dust of the competition settles.

Australia were well up for the game and they played superbly, but England never got going.

Eighteen months ago I was looking at the team and it was looking really exciting, we had a team that I really wanted to get behind.

“I’m sure Stuart would get things right moving forward”

Lee Douglas

I feel the team’s regressed somewhat since and they have more a defensive feel about them, but I’m sure Stuart would get it right moving forward.

We suffered a huge blow last week when our Aussie Eamon Chapman announced he’d be leaving us to go and play for Guernsey.

It’s extremely disappointing to lose Eamon after he’d agreed to stay for the season, he’s a quality player and a quality guy and we wish him all the best down there.

He made no secrets about wanting to play at the highest level possible while he’s over here, and this is his last season.

We can’t say too much on it at the moment, but we’re actively looking to replace Eamon as soon as possible.

We got back to winning ways against Yarnbury on Saturday after our disappointing defeat at Bridlington.

We made hard work of it, we couldn’t shake Yarnbury off, but we got the win and that’s what matters after you suffer a defeat.

There were positive signs there at times during the game, especially watching James Leach, Ben Martin and Drew Govier them link up and that’s something we need to develop.

Overall I was fairly pleased, it would’ve been nice to get the bonus point but we got back to winning ways and I’m positive we’ll only improve going forward.

We need to take it into the Old Brods game this weekend.

It’ll be a tough game but we have our skipper Tom Ratcliffe back, which is pleasing, and hopefully we can get another win under our belts.