Beaumont plea to England fans

Beaumont - rallying call
Beaumont - rallying call
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Rugby Football Union chairman Bill Beaumont has called upon the nation to get behind Chris Robshaw and the rest of the England team after the dramatic defeat to Wales at the World Cup.

In the closing moments of the contest, captain Robshaw decided his side would kick for touch and launch an attacking line-out instead of taking a penalty shot at goal that could have levelled the score, but the gamble failed as Wales held firm for a 28-25 victory.

Hosts England now face a crunch clash with Australia next Saturday as they bid to keep their campaign alive.

And Beaumont, Fylde rugby club’s most decorated player, said: “You have to look at how well Wales played as opposed to just pointing the finger at England.

“If you look back at a week in which the Japanese had exactly the same position (opting not to take a penalty for a potential draw, against South Africa), they went on to win the match.

“Obviously Chris Robshaw was confident in the way he thought England had been playing - they had played well - and that they would score the try.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but as captain he felt that was the right decision.

“You have to back him. He obviously had the conversation with his players.

“But I think it is important now for the English rugby public to get behind Chris and the rest of the team for what is going to be a tough game against Australia.”

Beaumont added: “There’s no point looking back now - you can’t do anything about changing what happened last night, but you can do something about what will happen next week.

“Australia have some outstanding players. But I am always confident when we play at home - whenever we do, I expect us to win, and I hope we do.”