England Head Coach Eddie Jones has appointed former Saracens and England flanker Richard Hill to England’s backroom team as Hill joins the English coaching ranks as a team manager leaving his current role as pathway liaison manager for the RFU.
Hill was capped 71 times for his country and was an instrumental part of the 2003 World Cup-winning side under Sir Clive Woodward.
The 43-year-old has been on the RFU council since his retirement from professional rugby in 2008, and has since done a lot of work with developing players aged between 15-19 in addition to working closely with clubs, academies and schools across England.
Hill will act in a supporting role to the England management team and playing squad and will be used to help improve the current pathways into the England national team.
“Richard is an icon of English rugby and I am very pleased he has agreed to join the England management team,” said Eddie Jones (via The International Business Times). “His vast international experience and in-depth knowledge of the RFU player pathway means he’s a great fit for this role in the England set-up.
“Richard’s responsibilities will range from maintaining England Rugby’s internal and external relationships to providing mentoring and support for players and management. It is important we use the knowledge of former international players and keep a historical link with the past.
I am in no doubt that Richard will excel in his role and I look forward to working with him again as we continue our preparation for the Old Mutual Wealth Series later this year.”
Hill, who toured South Africa with the England Saxons in June, will link up with the England senior squad next week as they prepare for the upcoming November internationals against Australia, Argentina, Fiji and South Africa with a two day training camp in Brighton.
Jack O’ Toole, Pundit Arena.