Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the England national rugby team has hit back at claims in certain sections of the media that he has left Nick Easter at home for the team’s tour of South Africa because the Harlequin FC man is too difficult to mange.
However, Conor O’Shea, the director of rugby of the newly crowned Aviva Premiership champions has hit back at the England boss stating that Easter is by far the best number 8 in the Premiership based on form and his performances for the championship winning side proves this statement to the T.
Easter has been overlooked by the England boss since England returned from new Zealand after failing to mount a serious challenge for the World Cup last year and many people believe that his drunken tantrums after England’s defeat at the hands of France that knocked the side out of the World Cup is the reason for his exclusion from the side.
However, O’Shea has stood by his star man and stated that he wouldn’t want listen to Lancaster’s comment about him being difficult to manage and would rather see him take Nick Easter and learn from the experience. Lancaster, however, has insisted that the only reason for leaving out Easter from the squad is because he wants to try out players who would be of service to the team in the World Cup at home in 2015.
The head coach stated that it never was about anyone being difficult to manage but about building a side for the future and with the youngsters grabbing their opportunities, there is no place for Nick Easter in the side at present.
But Conor O’Shea still thinks Nick has a chance to prove his worth for England and would love to see him playing for the country again.