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“It’s Not About Vindication.” Emotional Stuart Lancaster Was All Class After Final Glory

Andy Farrell

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There was a touching moment after Leinster’s Champions Cup triumph over Racing 92 where Stuart Lancaster invited members of his family onto the pitch, all wrapped in Leinster gear, to share in the moment of lifting the trophy. 

It’s often easy to forget how much of an impact that Lancaster’s departure as England coach and the media circus which surrounded it, could have affected not only him but his family too.

Lancaster, from coaching his country and bringing through a lot of the players who wear the England shirt today, took the opportunity to be a senior coach at Leinster in order to get his career back on track.

It’s safe to say he has surpassed that.

All the players wax lyrical of the significant impact Lancaster has made on this Leinster squad and now he is being linked with every vacant coaching position throughout the world.

As he was interviewed after the game, Lancaster denied that this victory was about vindication, referencing how he was treated after he left the England job.

“It’s not about vindication. It means a huge amount to my family & friends who all stuck by me in the tough times after the World Cup.

“They never once wavered in their belief about my ability. That’s been the nicest thing, nice for my wife and my son who are here and Sofie is at home.

“It’s for them really.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

Sean is Deputy Editor and head rugby writer. You can contact him by email seanmc@punditarena.com or on Twitter