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Chris Robshaw says Stuart Lancaster is 'right man' for England job


England captain Chris Robshaw has called for continuity and thrown his support behind interim head coach Stuart Lancaster to secure the top job on a permanent basis.

Lancaster was put in charge of the national side on a temporary basis while the Rugby Football Union continued their search for the right man to replace Martin Johnson and lead them to success in the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

England have made massive improvements during the RBS 6 Nations Championship, in stark contrast to their dismal display in last year's World Cup in New Zealand.

With Lancaster and assistant coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree at the helm, England have won four games from five in the Six Nations and only narrowly lost to eventual Grand Slam winners Wales.

Harlequins skipper Robshaw believes the work has only just started and it is crucial that continuity and momentum is maintained ahead of England's summer tour to South Africa in June.

"Stuart's been fantastic and I think it shows in the way we've played so far," Robshaw told Press Association Sport.

"A lot of (our success) is down to Stuart and his coaching team.

"They've come in and they've been their own men and created a culture so that we want to go out there and play for each other, ourselves and the country and everyone who comes to watch us and support us.

"I think he is the right man.

"He's created the right environment and it has shown that the players are going out there and playing for him.

"It's about whoever your boss is you have to back them and believe in the game plan they have put out there.

"He's kept everyone in their place and connected with all the players and that's the most important bit. We want to go out and play for him.

"Come the 2015 World Cup in England, we want to make sure we're the best side in the world and that's the aim and that's not something that is going to happen overnight," Robshaw said, ahead of taking a short break in Dubai with Quins' club sponsors Etihad.

"Going to South Africa is never going to be easy. Playing them at home is hard enough never mind going into their back yard with three test games and a couple of midweek ones.

"Stuart said quite early on that he wants to rebuild a team and make sure the players will be up for the challenge ahead.

"It is going to be very difficult so if we can keep some continuity that will help us and the way we're playing now."