Former Wakefield forward Lancaster in frame for England job

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FORMER Wakefield RFC back-rower Stuart Lancaster is one of the favourites to succeed Martin Johnson as England’s next head coach.

Following England’s poor World Cup campaign in New Zealand, Lancaster, now the head of elite development at the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and England Saxons head coach, has been hotly-tipped to succeed Johnson at the helm of the English first team.

Lancaster, 42, was a PE teacher at Kettlethorpe High School and played for Leeds Carnegie in the 1990s where he took charge of the Tykes’ academy and also became director of rugby in 2006.

A fine record in charge at the Saxons for the past three years has seen Lancaster’s stock rise within the sport’s ruling body and put him firmly in the frame for the top job in English rugby union, even if it is on a temporary basis.

The RFU is expected to name a caretaker coach who will oversee England’s challenge in the Six Nations before a permanent boss is named for the summer tour of South Africa.

Former Italy and South Africa coach Nick Mallett and Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder are among those linked with the permanent job but the RFU has stated that the interim boss would be in line for consideration should they impress during the Six Nations.

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