Andy Farrell re-joins England coaching team

Andy Farrell will join the England coaching team from July 2. Farrell, who helped England to second place in the RBS 6 Nations, has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract through Rugby World Cup 2015 to January 31, 2016.

“I loved every minute of coaching England and working with Stuart (Lancaster) and Graham (Rowntree) and this group of players in the Six Nations and to get the opportunity to do it permanently is a dream,” said Farrell.

“I have watched England in South Africa and I am massively excited about the potential that was clearly evident in the three Tests and midweek matches.

“I had seven very special years with Saracens and the club will always have a fond place in my heart. I am grateful for the help they have given me as a player and a coach and I wish everyone involved the best in the future.”

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “I am delighted that we have got Andy on board. He is a special coach and an individual and the way this team has developed is a testament to the foundations that we laid in the Six Nations. Andy, Graham and myself work well together and I am looking forward to carrying on that close relationship over the next three-and-a-half years as we build towards a home World Cup. As I said the other day, I will continue to review the make-up of the coaching team over the next few weeks to ensure that England has the best structure and personnel.”

9 thoughts on “Andy Farrell re-joins England coaching team

  1. This is great news for England. Keep Catt on to concentrate on the attacking side, and have Farrell on board for basic skills and defence. I think Catt and Farrell will compliment each other nicely under Lancaster’s guidance.

    1. Hmmm – not too sure about Catt. Would suggest that the jury is still out on him. I would prefer a SH attack coach if a good one is available as I think that we have a great deal to learn from SH attacking.

        1. Yes he was (had forgotten that), which is probably why he’s one of the most incisive “English” attack coaches! However, sadly I think we’ve dulled his SH sheen as he’s been here so long.

  2. What about mr shmidt from Leinster? I’m sure every Irish fan on the blog will testify they won’t let him go easily. Worried we’ll end up with a first rate pack and defence but no penetration or clinical attacking edge. We need a good coach now who will develop the tuilagi/Joseph partnership. Exciting times for all home nations rugby.

  3. Good news, with caveat that it is part of a 4 man team. I like the idea of Catt taking on the Saxons. I’m another voice in the crowd hoping we bring in a 4th man with a proven track record of coaching teams that play quality attacking rugby at high level. Schmidt would be a result! I’m a fan of the fast rucking, high tempo, offloading and continuity game of the Highlanders, so if we are raiding down under I may start there.

  4. I wonder if it is significant that Catts retention has not been anounced at the same time. Surely as he us unattached it could have been done. Fingers crossed that an experienced and proven attack coach is being tapped up. We have enough novices on board.

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