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Matt Parker joins England Rugby as Head of Athletic Performance

14 December 2012

  • Matt Parker joins England Rugby as Head of Athletic Performance
  • Former Director of Marginal Gains for British Cycling starts on Jan 2
Matt Parker, who has joined the England Rugby as Head of Athletic Performance

Photo: RFU Archive

Matt Parker, former Director of Marginal Gains for British Cycling, has joined England Rugby as Head of Athletic Performance.

Parker starts on January 2 as England prepare for their RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland at Twickenham on February 2, 2013. 

He will be joined by new Senior team doctor Phil Batty, who arrives following spells with Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “The Head of Athletic Performance is a new and pivotal position as we build the team on and off the pitch. The field of applicants was extremely strong for a role that will head up the medical and strength and conditioning functions of the senior squad.

“The margins in international sport are very fine, as we have seen during the QBE Internationals just gone. Matt’s experience across a number of sports and his record with British Cycling, be it in Beijing and London or the Tour de France with Bradley Wiggins, says a lot about his skills in developing champions and we are looking forward to them transferring to a rugby environment.

"I’d like to welcome Matt and Phil on board ahead of the Six Nations and look forward to working with them.”

Parker said: "I've been impressed by Stuart's vision for the team and the RFU's commitment to a long term performance plan. There is a lot of great expertise, both within the England set up and throughout the Premiership clubs. I hope my experience of developing the support system within the Olympic environment will maximise this expertise for the benefit of the players. It's exciting times for England Rugby and I am happy to have the opportunity to work with the team."

Batty, a schoolboy prop forward at Lancaster Royal Grammar School, has also worked for the English Institute of Sport and at Sedbergh School, and replaces Dr Mike Bundy.