- Former national U20 boss and coaching guru links up with Hill at Sixways
- He's made a great contribution to young players and coaches, says Bowring
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Nigel Redman is to leave the RFU and return to Worcester Warriors as the new forwards coach of the Aviva Premiership club.
The move ends his eight years working for the Union as an RFU National Academy Coach, England Under 20 head coach and Elite Coach Development Manager.
The former Bath and England lock left Sixways to become a National Academy Coach in 2004 and coached the national Under 21 and Under 19 teams before leading England Under 20 to a Six Nations Grand Slam and a Junior World Championship final in 2008.
That generation of players included current senior internationals Alex Corbisiero, Courtney Lawes, Charlie Sharples, Joe Simpson and Jordan Turner-Hall and Ben Youngs,
Since then he has worked with Head of Elite Coach Development Kevin Bowring to support the development of coaches in England teams, the National Academy, Premiership and Championship clubs, and academies.
Redman, an RFU Level 5 Coach and a graduate of the UK Sport Elite Coach Programme, links up with former Bath and England teammate Richard Hill in July.
Nigel Redman said: “It was a tough decision to make but I’m passionate about coaching people and I’m excited about what is happening at Worcester and want to be part of that process.
“Kevin Bowring, Rob Andrew [Professional Rugby Director] and Nathan Martin [Professional Rugby General Manager] at the RFU have been very supportive in getting me to where I am and in making my decision, and now I’m looking forward to working with Richard Hill, the coaches, players and people at Worcester.
“I’ve worked with great people on and off the field at the RFU. Over that time there’s been a rise in the number of good young players coming through and the way clubs and country have worked together has been brilliant. We’ve worked with an increasing number of coaches at Premiership and Championship level and see more and more taking their coaching badges, and the increasing number taking their skills back into clubs is very exciting for the game.”
Kevin Bowring said: “Nigel will be sorely missed by us all and has made a great contribution in his time at the RFU. He developed and grew as a coach working with young players, then applied his skills and qualities to coaching coaches and I’m sure he’ll use those qualities to great effect at Worcester.
“He used his knowledge, experience and creative thinking to support me in the running of our elite coach development programme, and as a coach educator and mentor he helped others to solve their coaching problems and challenged them to do things differently. I know his efforts have been greatly appreciated by coaches in rugby and at UK Sport where he’s been influential as well. I wish him all the very best of luck at Worcester and I am sure this experience will further help him to grow as a person and as a coach.”