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Lancaster success won't alter process

Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie accepts Stuart Lancaster is doing a "fantastic job" in running the England side, but has stopped short of promising him the position on a full-time basis.

Calls for Lancaster to be installed as Martin Johnson's permanent replacement have grown following England's 24-22 win in France on Sunday. Ritchie agreed Lancaster's application for the job had been strengthened as a consequence, but he insisted the result would not alter the RFU's recruitment process.

"Stuart has been doing a fantastic job and this was a great result, it is a helpful thing to strengthen his case," Ritchie said. "We are going through a process. It is not going to be based on what happens in the Six Nations alone - whether we had lost to France, whether we had won or what happens against Ireland next weekend."

After Jake White last week ruled himself out of contention, the RFU would appear to have a straight choice between Lancaster and Nick Mallett to lead England into the 2015 World Cup.

Ritchie added: "We are going through a proper process to try and find the best possible candidate.

"Winning here in Paris, fantastic though it is and a great win, does not change what we will go through.

"I am of the view we have a great list of people interested in the job and I include Stuart in that. He is putting his best foot forward but it is a comparative process."

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