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Corbisiero wants interim team to stay

England prop Alex Corbisiero has made a strong case for the Rugby Football Union to keep Stuart Lancaster and his interim coaching team in place on a permanent basis.

Lancaster's bid for the job strengthened every week as England secured second place in the RBS 6 Nations championship, a campaign they rounded off with a 30-9 demolition of Ireland. Jake White has already bowed out of contention and Nick Mallett, thought to be another leading candidate, appears to have conceded the job to Lancaster.

"I have nothing but great words to say for (forwards coach) Graham Rowntree," Corbisiero said. "It is not my decision (what happens with the coaches), but we have all be very impressed with him. He is a guy that commands respect and players want to play for him - you can see that in the whole team."

He added: "You can see that with Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell. We have a good environment, we play for each other and we play for the coaches. Whatever happens, happens, but there are a lot of positives where we are at the moment."

Lancaster took the reins on a temporary basis after the World Cup debacle and his new-look team have restored a sense of pride in English rugby and delivered results on the field.

England won at Murrayfield for the first time in eight years and last weekend they ended France's 10-match unbeaten home run in the championship.

Lancaster's men rounded off the Six Nations with a victory over Ireland founded on a ferocious scrummaging performance, which earned a penalty try and allowed Owen Farrell to kick 20 points. Ben Youngs came on to add a late second try with a quick tap penalty, which had been earned by another destructive England set piece effort.

With the front row boasting an average age of just 24, Corbisiero warned the global game there is a lot more to come from England's scrummagers.

"Last year Dylan (Hartley), Dan (Cole) and I learned a hard lesson against Ireland in Dublin, but we put a lot of things right," Corbisiero said. "I am very proud of the boys and very proud to be involved.

"Hopefully we have got a lot more years together to develop and keep improving. We showed that in each game, taking it a step up. I am really enjoying being in this environment under Rowntree with those guys playing. It has been absolutely exceptional."


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