Stuart Lancaster Eyeing Up Super Rugby Job

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Stuart Lancaster had been linked with the Harlequins job.

In an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live, Stuart Lancaster discussed in detail the events leading up to England’s disastrous World Cup campaign.

Although much of what he discussed went over old ground, there remained some interesting snippets in relation to the selection of Sam Burgess.

Indeed, despite reports  to the contrary, Lancaster claimed that it was Burgess who approached him in relation to switching over to rugby union.

Nevertheless, given that England have emphatically moved on under Eddie Jones, it was good to hear that Lancaster also has his eyes on the future. However it was surprising to hear that he wants to take up a position in Super Rugby.

The lure of coaching Super Rugby is a big one for me personally. The southern hemisphere would be a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity.

Hopefully something will come around the corner soon, but there aren’t many jobs in Super Rugby that are going to come up and there aren’t many jobs in the Premiership that are going to come up.

Despite Lancaster’s assertion, both the Highlanders and Crusaders will be looking for new coaches at the end of the season, after Jamie Joseph agreed to become the new Japan coach and Todd Blackadder confirmed that he would be stepping down at the conclusion of the current campaign.

To further his cause, Lancaster revealed that he has already made initial contact with various southern hemisphere franchises.

Before Christmas I sent a whole load of emails out to coaches and players and teams and people in the southern hemisphere.

Early in the new year I went initially to Wellington, then I went to Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Johannesburg, Cape Town and home.

Although it would be interesting to see how a northern hemisphere coach would get on in Super Rugby, it remains to be seen whether or not Lancaster will be offered such a role.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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