Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster eyes England 'rewards'

England's Charlie Hodgson

Interim coach Stuart Lancaster hopes England's Six Nations performances earn him the job on a permanent basis.

England came from behind to beat Italy in Rome, their second win in two matches since Lancaster's appointment.

The closing date for applications is 15 February, but Lancaster applied before the Six Nations.

"I've always worked on the mindset that if you work hard enough and long enough then you get your rewards," he told BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek.

"All I can do is focus on doing the job to the best of my ability and trying to get a new England team working hard for each other and [getting] the country behind them so they can feel proud of the team.

"We've come some way to achieving that with two wins."

England, who beat Scotland 13-6 at Murrayfield and Italy 19-15 in Rome, face World Cup semi-finalists Wales at Twickenham in a fortnight.

Former England captain Lewis Moody believes another win in one of England's three remaining matches should be enough to keep Lancaster, 42, in the job.

"You never what the powers that be are thinking but I would hope that if he got three wins then he deserves a crack at it," Moody told Sportsweek.

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"I think [victory over Wales] might be a step too far at the minute but if England can get one more win out of these next three games then we need to take some heart out of this campaign and build for the future.

"With Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell there, he's got some quality coaches and, if they give him time to really grow this young side, then there are bright years ahead for this England set-up."

Lancaster, who was appointed until the end of the tournament following will welcome back recent injury victims Manu Tuilagi, Courtney Lawes and Toby Flood against Wales after they played for their clubs at the weekend.

They are set to come into contention for England's first home match since they beat Wales 23-19 in August.

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