England delay call on coach

The Rugby Football Union will not name a new permanent England coach until after the 2012 Six Nations.

Current assistant Graham Rowntree and Saxons head coach Stuart Lancaster will take charge in the interim. The RFU will continue to search for a permanent solution, and are expected to name Martin Johnson’s successor before England’s tour to South Africa next June.

Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder and former Italy and South Africa coach Nick Mallett are believed to be the front-runners.

Meanwhile, Rob Andrew will remain in the RFU as elite rugby director, but he won’t be involved with the senior team. Reports from England confirm that Andrew will instead have responsibility for other representative sides and the relationship with Premiership Rugby, which run the domestic game.