Andrew: Focus is on South Africa
Lancaster right to draw a line under coaching role, says Andrew
Last Updated: May 9, 2012 3:49pm
Rob Andrew: England did all they could to lure Wayne Smith
Rob Andrew says Stuart Lancaster is right to look no further than the summer tour of South Africa.
England's director of elite performance has backed the decision to focus on the five-match tour after Andy Farrell and Wayne Smith turned down the chance to join Lancaster's coaching team.
Former London Irish attack coach Mike Catt will instead join up with head coach Lancaster and forward coach Graham Rowntree for the trip, after which a further assesment will be made.
"Where we've got to now, we've stopped the process, we've stopped the hunt so to speak," Andrew told Sky Sports.
"Mike Catt is coming on the South African tour which is a fantastic experience for him, and for Stuart to work with Mike and Graham.
"Jon Callard and Simon Hardy will go as well because we're playing five matches.
"So Stuart has rightly said let's put that on hold, let's focus on the squad selection, go to South Africa and then reassess in the summer."
Andrew said everything that could be done to lure Farrell and Smith, was done.
"Everything was done, we had some very good discussions," he added. "There was a huge amount of effort put in in both cases and discussions were handled absolutely correctly."