Kilfoyle: Lancaster is right man for England

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SANDAL RUFC first team boss Jim Kilfoyle has described England’s new interim head coach Stuart Lancaster as the best coach he has ever worked with.

Former Wakefield RFC player and Kettlethorpe High School PE teacher Lancaster was appointed caretaker boss at Twickenham yesterday, Thursday, and will oversee England’s challenge in the RBS Six Nations early next year.

The 42 year-old succeeds Martin Johnson at the helm and will be assisted by former England prop Graham Rowntree and ex-Wigan rugby league star Andy Farrell, who will be seconded from Aviva Premiership champions Saracens.

Lancaster will lead England until the summer when the RFU will name a permanent boss ahead of the tour of South Africa next June.

And Kilfoyle, who worked with Lancaster at Leeds Carnegie, thinks that the appointment is the right one, saying: “I assessed Stuart as a coach and went on to work with him when he was at Leeds.

“Of all the coaches I ever assessed, Stuart was the best.

“He is a very good solution to the problem for England. He has done a great job with Saxons and is a well-respected figure within the game.

“There needs to be a change in focus at England and we need to get away from the need to appoint just ‘personalities’.

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