England boss is my dream job - Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster

First published in National Sport News © by

Stuart Lancaster has described the England coach's position as his "dream job" after he recalled David Strettle into the team to face Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations.

Lancaster picked up the reins on an interim basis following England's World Cup debacle and he has succeeded in restoring a sense of pride in the national team.

"It is a fantastic coaching job," Lancaster said. "If you ask any coach in any sport in any country 'what is the ultimate aim?' it is coach in your sport the national team."

He added: "To that end it is the dream job. What I enjoy most is working with people, helping them improve and building teams and you are doing that at the highest level."

The former Leeds director of rugby has also produced results, guiding England to three successive away victories for the first time in the championship, including a landmark 24-22 triumph over France.

Strettle's return from a chest injury is the only starting change from the Paris victory for Saturday's Six Nations finale, in what could also prove to be Lancaster's last match in charge.

When England won in Paris, Lancaster received 140 congratulatory text messages, three of them from former national coaches Sir Clive Woodward, Brian Ashton and Martin Johnson.

But it was only this week, when he bumped into the other dads on the school run, that Lancaster began to recognise the scale of the public support for him to continue at the helm.

"I drove back home on Tuesday night so I could take the kids to school the next morning and it was only then that I realised some of the things that have been said and the impact it has had on people," Lancaster said.

"You are in a little bubble here and you tend not to think too much about what's going on in the outside world because you are so consumed with trying to manage so many different things. You get people who have never watched rugby before suddenly supporting the England rugby team."

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