Yet, 18 months out from England's hosting of the tournament, he goes into the Six Nations with a host of selection issues far from settled and with a clutch of uncapped and barely-capped players right in the mix.
England begin their campaign away to France on February 1 and vying to join Chris Ashton on the wing are 19-year-old Anthony Watson, 20-year-old Jack Nowell, - both uncapped - and relative veteran Jonny May, a 23-year-old who has one senior appearance under his belt from last year's tour of Argentina.
Inside them Luther Burrell (uncapped) and Kyle Eastmond (two caps) are battling for a start at centre while uncapped flyhalf George Ford has been catapulted into the mix following Toby Flood's intended switch to Toulouse and his subsequent removal from the England squad.
Lancaster, like most coaches, loves to describe the situation as "opportunities" rather than dwelling on the long-term injuries that have deprived him of eight potential first-choice players for much if not all of the Six Nations.
The coach, who took over from Martin Johnson in the wake of England's disappointing and problematic 2011 World Cup campaign, was also at pains to point out that he is still only at the halfway mark in his four-year plan to win back the Webb Ellis Cup 12 years after their only previous triumph.
"We've had 20 games since start of the Six Nations two years ago when I started and there's 20 games to go (until the 2015 World Cup)," he said at the Six Nations launch on Wednesday.
"So although it feels closer than it actually is we're still only halfway through the process.
"At the moment I'm okay for the timeline for the World Cup but you don't want to put too many inexperienced players in at the same time."
Although Ashton has been struggling to reproduce the prolific form of his early England days, his experience looks to make him a certain starter in one wing berth in Paris.
Lancaster was hard-hit by the loss of Marland Yarde and Christian Wade, two exciting wingers who were set to be given their head in November only for injuries to strike.
He was forced to play fullback Ben Foden - also out injured now - on the wing but will want to blood at least one of his young speedsters against France.
"You can put a young player in if he's ready and I like to back my instincts on how players come across in camp," Lancaster said.
"If a player looks ready I'm happy to play him. Anyway, we need to find out now rather than be asking the same questions this time next year, a few months ahead of the World Cup."
England fans too will probably be quite happy to see some new faces in the strike positions as, for all the team's progress under Lancaster, they have still all-too-often lacked the exciting cutting edge regularly displayed by the likes of New Zealand, Australia and Wales.
It was the thumping 30-3 defeat by the Welsh in Cardiff last year that left England's grand slam hopes in tatters and set Lancaster's plans back apace.
It was, however, only his second defeat in two Six Nations tournaments and England bounced back well with a series win in Argentina, home victories over Australia and Argentina and a battling defeat to all-conquering New Zealand.
"We've had some good results since Cardiff but we all want to win things - be it series victories or the Six Nations," he said. "We have an eye on the World Cup of course but we would never treat a Six Nations game, especially one against France in Paris, as any sort of warm-up."