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Lancaster gets England boss job

The English Rugby Football Union finally confirmed Stuart Lancaster as the new national team coach. It was an unsurprising appointment as Lancaster, in his role as temporary manager after the resignation of Martin Johnson, had transformed a demoralised team and achieved impressive results in the Six Nations.

Lancaster said that the job was an "honour and a privilege", and immediately outlined his ambitions for the England team. "There are three things I'd like to bring to the team," Lancaster said. "First, pride in the shirt, second a vision for the future – and the vision is to win the World Cup in 2015. And third, an environment where players can play without fear. The players are committed to that. We achieved a huge amount in the Six Nations. We're all excited about the journey."

The chief executive of the RFU, Ian Ritchie, said he was sure Lancaster was the right man for the job. "I don't see it as a gamble," Ritchie said. "Stuart has been given this job on merit against some very strong candidates. He ticks all the boxes we need."

Lancaster has assembled the makings of a promising squad that will be developed with the home World Cup in 2015 in mind. Lancaster wants rugby union to return to the forefront of English sport, to recapture the glory days of the World Cup win in 2003.

"There were 10 million watching the Ireland game," Lancaster pointed out, referring to the Six Nations final game. "England is a country that gets behind the team and I want everyone to feel part of this team."

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