2012 28/02
RFU disclose selection panel for new England coach

The panel for deciding England's next long-term coach has been unveiled, featuring an Englishman, Scotsman, Irishman and Welshman, reports.

Rob Andrew, the RFU's professional rugby director, will be joined on the panel by former Ireland full-back and current Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea. Former Scotland and Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan will also attend, as will ex-Wales coach Kevin Bowring, who coached the national side between 1995 and 1998.

The panel will be chaired by newly-appointed RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie, though a decision is not set to be made until April. Those in contention - who are thought to include ex-Italy coach Nick Mallet and former Ireland and Lions coach Eddie O'Sullivan - will have to don their formal shirts, with interviews scheduled for next month.

Interim coach Stuart Lancaster has established himself as favourite for the role, however, after impressing during his three match tenure. Under Lancaster's leadership the young team achieved two wins on the road and despite losing to Wales at Twickenham, still impressed with a more solid performance.


Speaking to of the appointments, ex-RFU chief Francis Baron explained: "Premiership Rugby have to have an input and the agreement gives them the right to consult it. But the actual decision remains with the RFU.

"I personally hope that we do find an English or British coach. If Stuart continues to improve, and he is learning as he goes along, by the end of the Six Nations if he has delivered a good performance for England he has to be under serious consideration."

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