Hape expects axe to fall

2011-12-23 12:56

London - Shontayne Hape accepts his England career has run its course as new interim head coach Stuart Lancaster plans a Six Nations overhaul.

According to the website, Hape, 30, will not retire from Test duty but he believes the time is right for Lancaster to blood the next generation of centres - the likes of Owen Farrell and Henry Trinder.

Lancaster will name England's 32-man Six Nations squad on January 11, and it could feature up to 17 players who did not appear at the World Cup.

"It is time to start rebuilding for the next World Cup," Hape said.

"It is time for the young guys to step up and take charge and get that experience of playing in big games.