RFU set to start interview process
The Rugby Football Union will decide on whether Stuart Lancaster is the right man to lead England on a full-time basis before the end of his RBS 6 Nations audition.
New RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie has confirmed that Lancaster, who is currently in charge on an interim basis, will be interviewed for the permanent position before the end of the championship.
England play France in Paris a week on Sunday and finish their campaign at home to Ireland on March 17.
Ritchie wants to make an appointment within the next three weeks and he will play a lead role in the selection of the new head coach, taking advice from a panel that includes Sir Ian McGeechan, Conor O'Shea, Richard Hill and Rob Andrew.
Lancaster is the only candidate to confirm he has applied for the role of Martin Johnson's permanent successor, although Nick Mallett, Eddie O'Sullivan and John Kirwan have all been linked to the job.
Ritchie said: "We are going to see Stuart while the Six Nations is under way. Stuart knows that.
"We have tried to do it at a time that is most convenient to Stuart.
"I appreciate it puts more pressure on Stuart because he has the day job to be getting on with. It is helpful to be able to do that so we can move the process on.
"Timetable-wise I would hope, believe, we should be in a situation to do it (make an appointment) by the end, towards the end, of the Six Nations."