Stuart Lancaster offers hope to out of favour England players

Stuart Lancaster appointed England's new rugby union head coach
Lancaster has worked for the RFU since May 2008

England's new head coach Stuart Lancaster is refusing to rule anyone out of selection for the forthcoming Six Nations tournament.

As well as experienced players such as Mike Tindall and Jonny Wilkinson, the interim coach is also open to a recall for Danny Cipriani.

The 24-year-old made his last England appearance as a replacement against New Zealand in November 2008.

"The door is not shut on anyone," said Lancaster.

"I've coached Danny (Cipriani) in the Saxons and in the Churchill Cup and there are lots of players like him as well.

"There are young players coming through the under-20 Premiership programme who are huge contenders for the Six Nations and it's an exciting time."

He added: "I think if you strip all the experience out of the team then it would be naive, however we have an opportunity to go forward to the Six Nations with a look towards 2015.

"I think there's about 40 games between now and the next World Cup and we need to put the experience in the young players appropriately so, when it comes round, they have the relevant experience."

The Six Nations gets under way in a little over eight weeks, when England take on Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, 4 February - and Lancaster realises there is plenty of work to do before then.

"The philosophies I've got with the coaching team is that you've got to get the culture right before you get the performance," he said.

"In any sport I think culture precedes the performance and we obviously need to review the World Cup and look at the lessons learned, but also move on in a positive and exciting way to the Six Nations because we have got a fantastic group of players coming through.

"Hopefully we can harness that talent and put it into an effective and attractive game plan that wins, but we are mindful that Scotland are first up and it's not going to be easy."

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