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The 42-year-old has made it clear he has applied for the position full-time and will meet the RFU’s new chief executive Ian Ritchie to discuss the role before the RBS 6 Nations draw to a close on March 17.
But while Lancaster is certainly a contender there are plenty in the game who don’t think he has the relevant experience of coaching at the very top.
However the former England Saxons coach, who spent five years as the RFU head of elite player development, is adamant he has what it takes.
"There aren't many people who have the ability to judge my coaching ability because there are very few people who have come with me on my coaching journey," Lancaster told the Daily Mail.
"I would reckon I have spent 80 to 90 per cent of my time on coaching, whether it is 10 years as a teacher, five years as a coach, two as a director of rugby at Leeds and as Saxons coach. I've always been hands-on.
"Great leaders are forward thinkers and planners, they are honest, they are inspiring and they are technically proficient.
"They are the four things that make great leaders. There are a whole other range of competencies such as emotional intelligence and knowing when to put your arm around someone's shoulder and knowing when to crack the whip. Relationship skills.
"That's completely different to being a manager. A manager is a coordinator. Vision is one part of leadership, coaching is another, being democratic is another, being a pacesetter is another, creating close emotional bonds is another. Great leaders shift between them all and pick the right club out of the bag at the right time.”