STUART LANCASTER could make an amazing ‘job swap’ return to international rugby — in Eddie Jones’ old role.
Former England coach Lancaster has been offered the Japan coaching job his successor Jones quit after the World Cup.
The 2019 World Cup hosts want the Cumbrian on a four-year deal and can match the £350,000-a-year he was paid by the RFU.
Japanese rugby officials believe Lancaster’s overall record stacks up well despite the 2015 World Cup, when England became the first host nation to be knocked out of the groups.
He won 12 of his 16 Six Nations matches and, though England finished runner-up in each of his four seasons, they missed out on points difference three times.
Lancaster, 46, believes he needs to coach abroad to restore his reputation and would probably prefer to try his luck with a Super Rugby franchise.
But a return at international level is bound to appeal and he would inherit a rising Japan side.
They famously beat South Africa 34-32 at the World Cup and set a record for a Tier Two nation of ten straight wins in 2014.
Jones would be happy to pass on his dossier on the Japan players — he has contacted Lancaster to pick his brain about players he used.