Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

England coaching role for Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster

The Rugby Football Union have announced that Stuart Lancaster will head up an interim England coaching team for the Six Nations that includes Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell.

Lancaster will step up from his current dual role of England Saxons coach and the RFU's head of player development to take charge until a permanent replacement for Martin Johnson is appointed.

Rowntree is the only member of England's senior World Cup management team to be retained, while Farrell, the former dual international, has been seconded from Aviva Premiership champions Saracens.

Johnson and attack coach Brian Smith stood down after England's World Cup quarter-final exit. Defence coach Mike Ford and forwards coach John Wells, who were both part of the England coaching team at the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, also appear to have departed.

Lancaster admitted his first job will be to "get the culture right" in the wake of the World Cup fiasco.

Lancaster, who had a watching brief with England during the World Cup, said: "With Graham Rowntree's experience of being out in New Zealand and my experience of being out in New Zealand and everything that has been said subsequently, we hope to learn those lessons.

"We want to get the culture right, we want to ensure we have a talented group of young players who are hungry for success, who are ambitious, who want to win things and it's our job as a coaching team to put that in place and to make sure that going forward we've got a foundation to build upon toward 2015."

RFU acting chief executive Stephen Brown said: "It was important that, following the recommendations of the Professional Game Board and the commitment we made as an RFU Board last week to implement them, an interim head coach was appointed as soon as possible.

"Stuart is not only an experienced coach but his role as head of elite player development puts him at the forefront of producing international players.

"He will be well supported by Graham, with all his experience with England and the British Lions, and Andy, who has helped Saracens become one of the leading clubs in the country. We believe this coaching team is the right one to collectively take England forward in the short term."