Stuart Lancaster has been appointed as England’s new permanent Head Coach following a successful six Nations.
Lancaster managed England to four victories and a second place finish at this year’s Six Nations with the former Leeds Carnegie boss favoured over South African Nick Mallett for the role.
The 42 year-old is credited with restoring the reputation of the England national team following the calamities of the World Cup in New Zealand both on and off the pitch. Whilst Mallett was reported as being Lancaster’s nearest rival for the role South African World Cup winner Jake White was also thought to have been in the running for English rugby’s top job.
Having taken over from Martin Johnson, Lancaster made an immediate impact by instilling a new culture into the team and opting to hand a number of talented young players their chance.
Lancaster will now have to confirm his coaching staff and looks set to keep Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell, the two men who were by his side for the duration of this year’s Six Nations.
Keeping Rowntree should not be a problem but Andy Farrell had merely been ‘loaned’ to the RFU from Saracens for the duration of the Six Nations and if he is to secure a permanent role with England then he will have to be bought out of the remainder of his two year contract with the reigning AVIVA Premiership champions.