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Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster will not be taking up a role with Japan.

Former England boss Stuart Lancaster will not be filling Japan head coach role

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Stuart Lancaster will not be filling the post of Japan head coach recently vacated by Eddie Jones, Press Association Sport understands.

A report states that the former England boss is considering an offer to take charge of the surprise package of the recent World Cup as part of a four-year deal that will encompass Japan 2019.

However, it is understood that while a preliminary enquiry over Lancaster's availability was made early last month, the 46-year-old will not be taking any position at the Japanese Rugby Football Union.

The scope of the role was initially thought to include overseeing new Tokyo-based Super 15 franchise the Sunwolves, a job that has since been given to former New Zealand hooker Mark Hammett.

Another ex-All Black, Jamie Joseph, is favourite to take over the Brave Blossoms.

Lancaster stepped down as England head coach on November 11 upon completion of the Rugby Football Union's review into the hosts' inability to advance from the pool stage of the World Cup and he was subsequently replaced by Jones.

The Cumbrian's record during his 46-match reign at Twickenham reads 28 victories, 17 losses and one draw - a win ratio of 60.9 per cent.

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