26 Jan 2012

Lancaster throws name in England rugby coaching hat

8:30 am on 26 January 2012

Caretaker coach Stuart Lancaster says he wants to take over the England job on a long-term basis after confirming he will apply for the position advertised by the Rugby Football Union.

The deadline for applications is February the 15th, just two matches into England's Six Nations title defence, which starts next month.

Other names linked with the role include former South Africa and Italy boss Nick Mallett and former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith along with Northampton's director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

The RFU have given themselves until England's tour of South Africa in June to find a permanent successor to Johnson, who resigned following a poor campaign marred by disciplinary problems at the World Cup in New Zealand.