RFU hand Lancaster ambulance job

Saxons mentor Stuart Lancaster has been named England coach for the duration of the Six Nations.

The Rugby Football Union has appointed Lancaster on a temporary basis, and has confirmed that after next year’s Six Nations, a permanent coach will be instated.

Lancaster will be assisted by Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell. Forwards coach John Wells and defence coach Mike Ford have not been retained.

‘Andrew [Farrell] has done an outstanding job at Saracens and the Saxons; Graham has enormous respect from the players and has vast experience and I am confident that we can work well together as a coaching team,’ said Lancaster.

‘The World Cup was enormously disappointing but we shouldn’t forget that England won 10 out of 13 games this year and a Six Nations title. We have a promising group of players to go forward with and the challenge for Graham, Andy and myself is to get the best out of them.’