But the 13-cap international was overlooked for Manu Tuilagi for the Red Rose's World Cup opener with Argentina and only made one appearance down under, scoring two tries against Georgia.
With Tuilagi starring as England's break-out star of 2011 and Lancaster casting an eye towards the future with his squad announcement on January 11, Hape is not expecting a phone call and is backing Lancaster's new generation to step up to the mark.
"It is time to start rebuilding for the next World Cup," Hape said. "It is time for the young guys to step up and take charge and get that experience of playing in big games.
"I got to win the Six Nations, which was a treat, and I think it is time for the young guys to experience that.
"You have to start looking at the new breed coming through. The only way they learn is if you play them. I am a big believer in chucking young players in there to see what they can do.
"On the way if older guys are selected to help out then so be it. I wouldn't say no if I was selected, but I wouldn't be hanging my hat on it.
"The way it turned out was sad, the way we ended up losing. But if that was my last game for England then so be it - I would still be a happy man.
"Winning the Six Nations was the biggest achievement of my rugby career. I can say I played in a World Cup and I scored two tries.
"I would have loved to play at Eden Park, but I have a lot of memories playing for England."