Feb 8, 2014 at 5pm UK
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Lewis Moody "confident" in Stuart Lancaster

Lewis Moody urges England to support Stuart Lancaster's long-term plan for rugby union success.

Former England player Lewis Moody has insisted that Stuart Lancaster is the right coach to lead the current set of players to success, despite the narrow 26-24 opening-day defeat to France in the Six Nations.

Moody, who was part of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, said that there must be an element of trust in Lancaster and that the goal for success should be long-term and not instant.

"Stuart has had reasonable success with two second-placed finishes [in the Six Nations]," Sky Sports News quotes Moody as saying. "But what is success? It is achieving silverware really. That is what Stuart is aiming for.

"Some of those young lads had a rather harsh welcome onto the international stage last weekend. But they were picked for a reason, they have ability and they should stay.

"I am very confident in Stuart. Whether it will be immediate I don't know. Maybe even the 2015 World Cup will be too early. It is about having a long-term plan, not the four-year plan we had leading up to 2003, which came to an end when we won it."

England take on Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday evening.

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