- Alun Powell appointed as RFU Elite Player Development Manager
- Former Wasps A Assistant Coach and Scotland National Academy Coach starts on May 18
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The RFU has appointed former Wasps A Assistant Coach and Scotland National Academy Coach Alun Powell as its Elite Player Development Manager.
Reporting directly to Stuart Lancaster, the Head of Elite Player Development, Powell starts his new role on May 18.
Powell’s responsibilities will include working closely with Lancaster to support the management and development of the RFU/PRL Regional Academies as the interface with the Schools of Rugby and develop relationships with all the RFU Academic partners including HMC and the AASE programme.
He joins the RFU from the Rugby Football League where he has been working as their National Player Development Manager. He has previously worked for the Scottish Rugby Union as a National Academy Coach and as an Assistant Coach for Scotland Sevens.
Powell was also Assistant Coach for the London Wasps A team from 2004-08, which saw them win the A league in 2007 and 2008. A former RFU Development Officer, Powell is currently working on an Msc Sports Coaching qualification from Queensland University.
Lancaster said: "We’re delighted to welcome Alun to the Elite rugby department. He has a key role to play, which includes further developing our relationship with schools rugby and the AASE programme and he has the additional responsibilities of helping develop and deliver the Regional Academy programmes and working with the CB’s and Community department in developing the Schools of Rugby.
"Alun has a great amount of experience to offer in talent ID and talent development after spending the earlier parts of his coaching career at London Wasps, the Scottish Rugby Union and more recently the Rugby Football League and we look forward to working with him when he starts his work with the Elite Rugby department next month."
Elite Rugby Director Rob Andrew added: "Stuart has done an outstanding job over the last two years during which time the player development areas of his role have got bigger as the age group teams and the Academy system has become more and more successful.
"The England U18 team have been unbeaten for 18 games and the England U20 side has reached the final of the last two IRB Junior World Championships. Therefore, it was important that we provided Stuart with more support and resource to continue that momentum of success and we’re very pleased with Alun’s appointment."