Lancaster confirms interest in Super Rugby job

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    11 Apr 2016     Getty Images

Lancaster, 46, who resigned the England job after their round-robin exit from last year's Rugby World Cup, told the BBC, "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."

In the wake of his resignation Lancaster has spent time with teams in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

"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. So it was a bit of an around-the-world trip.

"I don't feel so burnt by the whole experience that I don't want to coach again," he said.

"You need a new project to get your teeth into, otherwise you are always dwelling on the old one."

He said the lesson the World Cup had taught him was that he probably took on to much as head coach and wasn't doing as much coaching as he wanted to.

"In my next role I'd want someone to share the responsibility with me so I could concentrate on the coaching stuff, and that was as much my fault as anyone's. I probably could have got someone in who could have helped me shoulder the burden," he said.

Lancaster said he hoped something might 'come around the corner soon' because there weren't many jobs in Super Rugby or in England's Premiership.

"You have to weigh up your family as well. Whichever way you look it's a big decision, and I want to make it the right decision," he said.

Lancaster said the failure at the World Cup was something he hadn't been able to shake.

"You think about it every minute of most days, or every day really. It has been a while, and a lot of things have happened since then, but it's still fresh in my mind," he said.

While England had won a Six Nations Grand Slam under Eddie Jones, he was delighted for the side, the players, management and coaches and for England's fans, he said.

"I will always support the England team – whether it is players and coaches – and that will never change," he said.