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Robshaw backs Lancaster for England job

Updated: Monday, 12 Mar 2012 08:02

Stuart Lancaster's chances of getting the England job fulltime are growing
Stuart Lancaster's chances of getting the England job fulltime are growing

England captain Chris Robshaw led his players in endorsing Stuart Lancaster's bid to become the full-time coach after a remarkable 24-22 RBS 6 Nations triumph over France.

Lancaster is currently in charge on an interim basis while the Rugby Football Union search for the best man to lead England into the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

Jake White's decision to rule himself would appear to leave the RFU with a straight decision between Lancaster and the former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett.

The clamour for Lancaster to remain at the helm grew deafening after England carved a small piece of history in Paris - never before have they won all three away games in a championship campaign.

Assistant coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree praised the work Lancaster has done in restoring a national sense of pride in the England team following the World Cup debacle.

And, asked whether he would like to see the coaching team remain in place, Robshaw said: "Yes. They have created a great environment for us to go out there and play and of course as players we will back them to keep on doing it and keep on improving.

"I would like to think they think the same of us. We have only been together for 35 to 40 days now and we feel we have come a long way since that first game against Scotland."

Exhilarating tries from Manu Tuilagi and Ben Foden put England 14-3 ahead and when Tom Croft scored late on they led 24-15 with just five minutes remaining.

Wesley Fofana's converted try in the corner brought Les Bleus storming back into the game but Francois Trinh-Duc's late drop-goal attempt fell short in a dramatic finale.

England, mathematically at least, will head into the final weekend with a shot at the title.

Foden said: "The thing that Stuart has done is that he has been honest with all the players and the media.

"He's done what he set out to do and created an environment and culture that is certainly positive.

"All the boys are behind him and we all buy into what he is trying to build here and everyone is enjoying their rugby and enjoying the camp.

"Hats off to Stuart, Faz (Farrell) and Wig (Rowntree). We have one game left and we need to make sure we don't let them down in the last fixture (against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday)."

Foden has now scored in all four of his Tests against France, having first been turned from a scrum-half into a full-back by France coach Philippe Saint-Andre while at Sale.

"Pushing Ben Foden to be a full-back and not a scrum-half is perhaps the dumbest thing I have ever done as a coach," Saint-Andre said.