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Lancaster to Lead England in Six Nations

Interim coaching staff announced as RFU rebuild

Posted Dec 14, 2011 by Chris White

England won the Six Nations in 2010

Stuart Lancaster has been announced as the man to lead England on an interim basis, starting with the Six Nations in the New Year. The current scrummaging coach Graham Rowntree will support Lancaster, along with Saracens coach Andy Farrell while the search continues for a full-time replacement for Martin Johnson.

Johnson resigned from his post after the World Cup, and 42-year old Lancaster has said that he isn’t necessarily looking at the job in the long term. “From my point of view my focus is getting the thoughts of the other coaches and getting the team together and planning the January camp ahead of the Six Nations,” he said.

“It’s crucial that we turn the team around. The World Cup was unfortunate in some ways and we need to ensure the focus is on getting ready for Scotland. Taking on this role was something I never dreamed of so to get the opportunity to sit here as England coach is an unbelievable opportunity, but one that will end at some point in the future.”

Nick Mallet, the former South Africa and Italy coach, and Jim Mallinder, director of rugby at Northampton, are rumoured to be the favourites to land the job on a permanent basis, with Wayne Smith also throwing his hat into the ring.

Lancaster coached an England team against the Barbarians in June and was appointed the head of elite player development in 2008, leading the England Saxons at the same time, leading them to nine wins from ten games. England begin their Six Nations campaign on 4th February, before travelling to Italy and a home clash with Wales.

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