England head coach Stuart Lancaster and his team are to remain in charge of England’s rugby fortunes until 2020 after the Rugby Football Union agreed to extend their existing contracts.
The deal will take Lancaster through the next two World Cups, including the 2019 tournament in Japan.
It is a significant vote of confidence from the RFU, they are clearly grateful for Lancaster’s input since he inherited the job from Martin Johnson in 2011. RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said stability in the England coaching team was important for future international success.
All of Lancaster’s lieutenants, forwards coach Graham Rowntree, backs coach Andy Farrell and attacking skills coach Mike Catt, have also been contracted until the end of the 2019-20 season. All are highly regarded and have a good working relationship with England’s increasing numbers of promising young players.