Mallett misses out on Eng job

2012-03-29 10:18

London - Stuart Lancaster was confirmed as the new head coach of England by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) on Thursday and will lead the team through the 2015 Rugby World Cup on home soil.

An RFU statement said: "Stuart Lancaster has been appointed England rugby head coach until the end of January 2016."

News of Lancaster's full-time appointment, which leaked earlier on Thursday in the British media, came after the 42-year-old saw off stiff competition from former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett.

His confirmation as permanent coach came after Lancaster, previously in charge of England's reserve Saxons, impressed as caretaker boss in the recent Six Nations, where England finish runners-up to Grand Slam winners Wales after winning four out of their five matches.

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said: "We have been through a rigorous and global selection process and are confident that Stuart is the right person to lead England Rugby forward into the 2015 Rugby World Cup."

Lancaster added: "I am immensely honoured and proud to accept this role. From the hundreds of messages I received during the Six Nations I know what supporting England means to millions of people and I am privileged to be involved."

Lancaster's first series as permanent England coach will be on the June tour of South Africa where the team play three Tests against the Springboks.


  • Taetjo - 2012-03-29 10:38

    No disrespect to Nick Mallet but Stuart Lancaster is definitely the right man for the job.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-29 10:46

      As I said in a previous post ;Lancaster has done well in the few games in charge and frankly seems the right choice.

      Grant - 2012-03-29 11:09

      Its typical of England. If they had only won 2 or 3 out of their 5 matches, Mallet would no doubt have got the job. Basically, they will make their decision based more on the results of the 5 most recent games than on anything else. Just like in cricket...Kevin Peterson is a hero cos he's aggressive and scores. Then he gets a duck, and he reckless and a bad influence. Then he scores and he's the greatest in the world! I was going to say "watch how quickly he goes down in flames when the Boks beat them in a few months", but then realised Walsh will be reffing... Bleh!

      Inky - 2012-03-29 15:42

      Lancaster was given the job based on the England performance in the six nations which was very weak this year. I believe they have just relegated England from the next world cup by ignoring Mallet.

  • chiepner - 2012-03-29 10:44

    Im glad Malette did not get it because he would of made a huge diffrence with the ill dissiplined (but multi talented) England side. *phew*!

  • Lionel - 2012-03-29 10:45

    Atleast Rassie wont be off to England then!!!!!

  • Denny - 2012-03-29 10:48

    A bit sad for Mallett but Lancaster probably deserves it for bringing the English take up to something resembling a cohesive unit in such a short space of time. We will still hand it to them come mid year though :D

  • WimpieN - 2012-03-29 10:51

    Like Taetjo said, no disrespect, but how am I supposed to enjoy english losses with Nick at the helm! Let them screw it up all by themselves! (This statement will probably come back to bite the ass.....)

  • Jako - 2012-03-29 11:12

    Huge mistake. Come on Sharks, break the bank on this guy!

  • Richard - 2012-03-29 12:50

    Oh he is more of the same, Robinson, Ashton, JOhnson, now this guy. Mediocre at best. Come on he came second in the 6 nations, last year JOhnson WON the 6 nations. Big deal. Rest of the rugby world will celebrate, because England with all its players, and money, would have been NASTY under Mallet. Ever since 2003, RFU have been chasing Woodwards ghost. Time to move on, but now they have then next pretender. Don't take my word for it, wait and see, and I will say I told you so.

  • Franklyn - 2012-03-29 12:59

    Mallett is a brilliant coach,they seriously have f-up !

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