FORMER ENGLAND AND CURRENT LEINSTER COACH
Lancaster is a former Leeds Tykes player and played representative rugby with Scotland at age grade level.
Having been forced to retire due to injury at the age of 30, the qualified teacher moved into coaching and had roles with the Leeds Academy and Leeds Carnegie before being appointed as the RFU’s Head of Elite Player Development in 2008 which included coaching the England Saxons.
He was appointed to the role of England Head Coach in 2011 and led the team through four Six Nations campaigns and a Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Prior to joining Leinster Rugby as Senior Coach in September 2016, Lancaster had short term roles with the Atlanta Falcons, with British Cycling’s world-class performance programme, with the English FA and with Counties Manukau in the Mitre 10 Cup in New Zealand.
The 49-year-old has resurrected his career with Irish side Leinster after he was sacked by the Rugby Football Union in late 2015 after a disastrous World Cup.
Leinster’s fourth European Champions Cup victory last season has led to Lancaster, the team’s assistant coach, becoming something of an inspirational figure in rugby.