6:14pm Monday 19th March 2012
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England captain Chris Robshaw has backed Stuart Lancaster to become the full-time coach of the national side following the huge forward strides made during the RBS 6 Nations.
Lancaster was put in charge of England on an interim basis while the Rugby Football Union search for the right man to replace Martin Johnson and lead them to success in the 2015 World Cup on home soil.
With Lancaster at the helm, flanked by assistant coaches Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree, England won four games from five in the championship and only narrowly lost to eventual Grand Slam winners Wales. Robshaw told Press Association Sport: "Stuart's been fantastic and I think it shows in the way we've played so far."
He added: "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."
Lancaster has also received public backing from other England players Alex Corbisiero and Toby Flood following the side's turnaround in form during the 6 Nations.
And Harlequins captain Robshaw, who is now taking a short break in Dubai with club sponsor Etihad before returning to Aviva Premiership action this weekend, believes continuity is key as the ahead of England's next challenge - a summer tour to South Africa in June.
"Stuart said quite early on that he wants to rebuild a team and make sure the players will be up for the challenge ahead," Robshaw said. "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.
"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. 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.
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