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Lancaster to persuade RFU over job

Stuart Lancaster believes he has all the qualities the Rugby Football Union will be looking for in the new England head coach - his next job is to convince them.

Lancaster, who led England on an interim basis during the RBS 6 Nations, faces an interview with the RFU's recruitment panel in the coming days.

"I've been on the other side of the fence lots of times, interviewing people for age-grade coaching," Lancaster said. "You want to see that the candidate is honest, that they've got integrity, that they're forward-thinking and that they've got a broad skill set that matches the job spec. Clearly, I wouldn't have put myself forward for the job if I didn't think I had those qualities."

He added: "I wouldn't have put myself forward for the interim position.

"I am confident in my ability borne out of 20 years of coaching and I've tried to study leadership and management as much as I can so that I can be the best I can be."

Lancaster started his coaching life as a PE teacher and he is now one of the highest-qualified coaches in the country, with a level five badge.

The lessons Lancaster learned on those courses underpinned his approach towards rebuilding the England team, having taken the reins in the wake of the World Cup debacle. Lancaster believes the most important part of building a team is in establishing the right culture and then adding tactical and technical coaching on top.

"When all else is equal, team spirit and want is king," Lancaster said. "The coaching qualifications I did have massively helped my development. It was the level five course that gave me the confidence to kick on.

"It lit a fire really, gave me the understanding that rugby and getting the best out of teams is not just about the on-field stuff.

"It's all the off-field stuff that makes it happen. The course ranged from tactical and technical to leadership. That was the start of it, where you tend to grow as a coach."


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