RFU chief executive reveals plan

Date published: November 12 2015

England's RFU CEO, Ian Ritchie, revealed that Stuart Lancaster's replacement could come from outside British shores.

Following England's first round exit of the World Cup, much criticised coach Lancaster stepped down from his position on Wednesday.

The RFU were quick to respond to the media, with Ritchie revealing the new coach must have "proven international experience", leading many to believe England's first foreign coach could be appointed.  

"The most important thing is to get the right person," Ritchie told the media on Wednesday.

"It's very important we get a head coach of proven international experience. Speed is important, but the right person is more important. 

"Our focus is upon recruiting the best possible head coach. Whilst this is a priority, it's important we take sufficient time to find the right person.

"You need to get the best coach. This is not a matter of financial consideration."

Among the early foreign frontrunners are Jake White – who has already indicated his interest – and Eddie Jones, who recently quit as Japan's head coach.