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Coaches

The England coaching team are highly skilled, highly motivated professionals dedicated to achieving success for English rugby. Experience is certainly not lacking among any of the coaches, with Graham Rowntree alone amassing an impressive 54 England caps.

A new addition is former dual code international Andy Farrell, who has made his position as Backs Coach permanent after a successful secondment from Saracens for the 2012 RBS 6 Nations.  

See below to read the profiles of all our coaches or if you are interested in becoming a coach yourself, see our dedicated coaching section.

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Graham Rowntree

Having picked up three International Championship titles as a player, including two Grand Slams, Graham Rowntree added to his collection, this time off the field, when England triumphed in the 2011 RBS 6 Nations.

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Andy Farrell

After an extraordinary dual-code rugby career that brought 34 Great Britain caps and 11 for England in the 13-a-side game and eight in union, Andy Farrell OBE became the England Backs Coach for the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship and in June that year was appointed to rejoin the coaching team on a three-and-a-half-year contract extending to January 31, 2016.

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Mike Catt

Mike Catt

After enjoying a glittering career and winning 75 caps for England, together with one for the British & Irish Lions, Mike Catt OBE made a striking contribution as the London Irish Attack Coach. This led to his role as England Backs Coach for the 2012 tour of South Africa, followed by his appointment on September 8 that year as attacking skills coach for England's Elite players.

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Damian McGrath

Damian McGrath, who has an impressive background in rugby league as well as in union, joined the England Sevens management last November as assistant to head coach Simon Amor.

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Jon Callard

Jon Callard

Ambition burns brightly for Jon Callard, a member of the RFU National Academy Coaching team for six years. He has the ongoing belief that his career highlights have yet to come. Jon’s modesty belies his status as a pioneering high achiever in his playing days.

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Simon Hardy

Simon Hardy

As a full time coach working with England teams for the past 11 years, Simon Hardy is steeped in the game that he took up when 15 at Great Baddow Comprehensive in Chelmsford. Simon said: "It was a soccer school so we only played rugby when there were no football fixtures."

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Peter Walton

Peter Walton

Eleven seasons have passed since Peter Walton, an exuberant and powerful back row forward, ended his playing days, took up coaching and embarked on the path to becoming the England U18 assistant coach.

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Graham Smith

Graham Smith

This will be Graham Smith's third World Cup with England Women – he joined the set-up as Assistant and Forwards Coach in 2003 – and he’s hoping it'll be third time lucky in 2014 having reached the final on both the other occasions.

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Steve Halsey

Steve Halsey

Assistant Coach of the England Women's Under 20s team, Steve is a former lock for London Welsh, Bedford Blues and Rugby Lions.

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