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RFU comment on Stuart Lancaster potentially returning as England boss

RFU interim chief executive, Nigel Melville, says that England will consider Stuart Lancaster as a possible successor to Eddie Jones.

“Why would it be a problem?” Melville told The Telegraph regarding Lancaster’s less than harmonious exit from the England job three years ago.

I didn’t get rid of ­anyone. I’ll talk to anyone who has the requisite talent to do the job for us. I am English, this is England, and, of course, it would be great to have an English coach. I haven’t spoken to Stuart, so I’m not sure if it’s the path that he sees for himself, but we have been monitoring ­everyone for the past 18 months.

We have got a spreadsheet of everything and everyone, different levels, assistant coaches, kicking coaches, all sorts. We have English coaches working overseas as well, quite a few of them in France.

I’ll be meeting with everyone who is a potential target for us. All our top English coaches will be contacted. We have got to have the best coach for the job.

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