Lancaster: New facility key for England
Stuart Lancaster will use his interview for the England head coach's job to press the Rugby Football Union to develop a new centre of excellence.
Lancaster's vision would be for the RFU to build a training base for the senior England team that would also provide indoor and outdoor facilities for age grade national squads. France have a similar set-up at Marcoussis and the Football Association are pressing ahead with their St George's Park centre of excellence in Burton-upon-Trent.
"Long-term, I do think England need a national centre of excellence, without a doubt. It would allow you to deliver high performance," said Lancaster, whose day job is to run elite player development in England.
"Within the professional rugby department, it has never been put to one side or put in the bin, it has always been there on the back-burner.
"Now, it is definitely moving to the front of everyone's minds, about what needs to come next.
"I think it is important for whoever is getting interviewed to talk about the long-term plans both on and off the field.
"I would need to speak to the new chief executive (Ian Ritchie) to see what his mindset would be on the subject because it is not a decision for me in my role at the moment.
"From my understanding there is a motivation to move it forward - but I couldn't say any more than that at this stage, because there would be rather a lot of money involved, I imagine."
England currently base themselves in Test weeks at Pennyhill Park, a spa hotel in Bagshot, Surrey, which has its own gym and rugby pitch on site.
Even if England were to move to a new centre of excellence, they would still want a hotel base within close proximity of Twickenham for home Test matches, and Lancaster said: "To have a centre of excellence would be a brilliant thing, but we'd still need to find somewhere nearer to Twickenham to facilitate the logistics of international games there."