Stuart Lancaster says he is in no rush to return to English rugby after reportedly turning down offers from both Leicester and Bath. The former England head coach has just committed to European champions Leinster for another two years, to take him through to the end of the 2020-21 season, despite receiving offers from Premiership clubs.
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Lancaster has been linked with roles at Leicester and Bath following the success he has had with Leinster, but is clearly in no rush to return to his homeland just yet. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Heineken Champions Cup final against Saracens, Lancaster said: “There were opportunities to go to other clubs.” When asked if he meant the Premiership, he replied: “Yes.
But it would have taken a lot to persuade me to leave here because of the quality of the players.” Lancaster now remains fully focused on the job in hand this weekend, when Leinster will look to successfully defend their Champions Cup crown at St James’ Park.