Lancaster named permanent England coach

STUART Lancaster has been appointed the new, permanent England coach this afternoon.

Lancaster led England to the runners-up spot in the recent Six Nations tournament, during his spell as interim coach of the national side.

The 42-year-old, who takes over from Martin Johnson, captained Leeds until his retirement in 2000 and was appointed head of the Leeds RFU academy a year later – a position he held for five years.

Lancaster became director of rugby at Leeds Carnegie in 2006 and led them to promotion to the Premiership in 2006-07, before being appointed the head of the RFU’s elite player development in March 2008.

Two years later he became manager of England Saxons and, a year later won the Churchill Cup with the team, before being announced England interim coach after the country’s dismal performance in the World Cup.


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“I am immensely honoured and proud to accept this role,” said Lancaster.

“I know what supporting England means to millions of people. I’m privileged to be involved.”

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