Andy Farrell is set to remain with Saracens on a full-time basis, honouring his contract which runs until 2014 and rejecting the opportunity to become England’s backs coach on a full-time basis. Farrell received great acclaim for his work with England during the Six Nations, his first involvement coaching at international level which happened to coincide with his son Owen’s debut Six Nations.
The RFU made clear in the days after Stuart Lancaster’s appointment that they would make a move to bring in Farrell on a full-time contract before England’s tour to South Africa this summer, leading up to the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
However whilst Saracens were eager to conclude the talks as quickly as possible, it appears that the RFU were unable to correspond quickly enough and as a result any chance of a deal has fallen through. The Daily Mail have even suggested that Farrell would prefer to stay at Saracens to develop his skills rather than take up the position.
Farrell stated: “It has been a special privilege for me to be involved in the Saracens coaching staff for the past two-and-half seasons. We have made decent progress during this period but, in truth, as a club, we have barely scratched the surface of our potential. The job isn’t anywhere near half done, and I have decided I want to help finish the job.”
RFU CEO Ian Ritchie has added: “Whilst Andy was clearly an important part of the coaching team during the course of the RBS 6 Nations, we fully respect his wishes to continue as a coach at Saracens. We will continue to work hard with Stuart Lancaster to build a world class coaching team as we look towards the Rugby World Cup in 2015.”
England will immediately start looking for a replacement to fill the backs coach position, with former New Zealand and Northampton Director of Rugby Wayne Smith the immediate favourite.