Stuart Lancaster out of Japan job running with Jamie Joseph favourite

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

The former England boss was, The Sun claimed, considering an offer to take charge of the surprise package of the recent World Cup with a four-year deal encompassing Japan 2019 on the table.

However, the Press Association reports 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 Japan team.

Lancaster stepped down as England head coach on Nov. 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 England reign read 28 victories, 17 losses and one draw -- a win ratio of 60.9 per cent.