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<b>29 March 2012</b><br/>
The RFU announce Stuart Lancaster as the permanent head coach of the England rugby team. A more experienced man such as Nick Mallett had previously been favourite for the job but Lancaster impressed as interim coach during the Six Nations and landed himself the job.

Mike Catt still sees role for Wayne Smith in England set-up

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