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Andy Farrell to stay with Saracens

12 April 2012

  • Farrell will not become part of Lancaster’s permanent coaching team
  • "We fully respect his wishes to continue as a coach at Saracens" – Ian Ritchie
Saracens Head Coach Andy Farrell

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Saracens have announced First Team Coach Andy Farrell with remain with the Premiership Champions despite the opportunity to become a permanent part of the England coaching set-up.

Farrell was seconded to be part of Stuart Lancaster’s coaching team for the 2012 RBS 6 Nations and played an important role in England’s second placed finish, which included a historic three victories away from home.

After Lancaster was installed as Head Coach on March 29, he signalled his intention to add Farrell to the permanent coaching team alongside the already contracted Forwards Coach Graham Rowntree.

Following the 36-year-old's decision to stay with Saracens, RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said: "While 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."

Speaking to the Saracens website Farrell explained his decision, indicating his desire to honour a commitment he made to the club two-and-a-half years ago.

He said: "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."