Lancaster signs new England deal

Date published: October 1 2014

Stuart Lancaster has extended his contract with the RFU through to 2020 meaning he will lead England to the next two World Cups.

Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt have also extended their deals as England build for the long-term.

Lancaster’s previous deal had been due to run through January 2016 when he was awarded a permanent contract having initially taken over from Martin Johnson on a temporary basis.

RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie explained the decision came from a desire to provide some stability to the national team ahead of the 2015 World Cup next year.

“We are lucky to have a talented, committed and passionate coaching group,” he said.

“Coaching at international level is unique in that the time Stuart and the coaches have with the players is limited and in that regard it requires a special and stable coaching team.

“We therefore felt it important to secure their long-term future and we believe this is entirely the right decision for the future of England Rugby.”

Lancaster has been in charge of England since 2012, and has finished second in each of the last three Six Nations championships.

He was also in charge for England’s 38-21 victory over New Zealand in 2012, the All Blacks’ only loss under boss Steve Hansen.

“It’s great that the RFU have got faith in us as a coaching group and its support has been critical to what we have achieved to date,” said Lancaster.

“We want to build a team to Japan 2019 and beyond. While our focus is on the QBE International against New Zealand and the 2015 World Cup on home soil will be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity, we want to build a team for England Rugby that leads into Japan in 2019 and beyond.

“We believe that England Rugby is moving in the right direction, we have the right coaching and management team to do take us forward and are excited about the challenge ahead.”

Rowntree has been at the RFU since 2007 after first joining as England National Academy coach in June 2007 and graduating into Martin Johnson’s set-up soon after.

He was retained after the World Cup for years ago, while dual-code international Farrell became backs coach in June 2012.

The final addition was 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Catt, who joined in September 2012.