Saracens - Ian Peel to join Saracens coaching team

Dec 29, 2015

Ian Peel to join Saracens coaching team


Saracens are delighted to announce that they have reached an agreement with the RFU to bring England U20s Head Coach Ian Peel, into the Aviva Premiership champions’ coaching team.

The 39-year old will immediately link-up with the club and will join Mark McCall’s coaching staff with Saracens currently sitting at the top of the Aviva Premiership after an unbeaten start to the season.

Peel will leave his position as an International Performance Coach with the RFU and England Under-20 Head Coach but will also assist the England Senior Team as their scrum coach for the 2016 RBS Six Nations.

As part of the continuing collaborative approach between Saracens and the RFU, the former Newcastle Falcons player will have a part-time role as a scrum coach in Eddie Jones' coaching staff for the upcoming RBS Six Nations campaign.

The 39-year-old has been involved in the England U20 programme since 2013, firstly as an assistant coach, winning back-to-back Junior World Championship titles in 2013 and 2014 as well as reaching the final last year.

The age-group squad also won the Under 20s Six Nations title in 2015 and were runners up in 2014, narrowly missing out on the Grand Slam to France.

“We are delighted to be able to bring Ian into our team, and we would like to thank the RFU for their help throughout the process,” said Saracens director of rugby, Mark McCall.

“He fits into the club’s model of providing opportunities to some of the brightest and promising coaches available. Ian has coached many of our players in the past. The likes of Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje and George Kruis all speak very highly of him as a coach and his track record of developing talent is very impressive.”

“Much like Dan Vickers, Kevin Sorrell and Joe Shaw before him we’re extremely excited to see how Ian can help us improve moving forward. He’s hungry and excited to be joining the team and he’ll have a huge part to play at the club.”

On joining Saracens, Peel said: "I have been coaching within the RFU pathway for the last six years so this is a huge chance to go and coach senior players at a quality club that performs at the highest level domestically and in Europe. I have no doubt it will be a great environment to work in and there are a number of players who I have worked with within the England age-group set-up like Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Mako Vunipola. I am really looking forward to getting involved in the day-to-day and the hands-on coaching every week.

Joe Lydon, RFU Head of International Player Development, said: "Ian has been an important and integral part of the England Pathway coaching team. His coaching, mentoring and support with individuals, units, teams, national squads and his close links with the professional clubs has had a massive and positive impact on so many players across the National Pathway. 

“The opportunity for Ian to join the Saracens coaching staff will, I have no doubt, be an important part of his own personal development as well as the players he will be working with on a day-to-day basis. 

"It is a great testament to Ian's coaching ability and the collaborative approach between professional club and country, that Ian will also have a role in England's Six Nations campaign next year. We wish him all the very best in the coaching and development of players for Saracens and England."

Ian Peel Fact-file

  • Started as a junior at Wharfedale RUFC and went on to sign for the Falcons in 1998, going on to make 122 Premiership appearances as a prop before retiring in 2006.
  • Began coaching with Newcastle's Academy, combining his role with the Falcons alongside being forwards coach at National One side Tynedale. He also had coaching stints at Sedbergh School and Barnard Castle - both renowned rugby schools that have produced a number of England internationals.
  • Worked alongside John Fletcher and Pete Walton at Newcastle, coaching the scrum before he joined the RFU as a National Academy Coach scrum specialist looking after the Sevens, U18s and U20s.
  • Was involved in the England U20 programme since 2013, firstly as an assistant coach, winning back-to-back Junior World Championship titles in 2013 and 2014 as well as reaching the final last year. The age-group squad also won the Under 20s Six Nations title in 2015 and were runners up in 2014, narrowly missing out on the Grand Slam to France.
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