Saracens - Gustard to join England for Argentina tour

Mar 26, 2013

Gustard to join England for Argentina tour

Saracens Defence and Forwards Coach Paul Gustard will join the England coaching team for the tour to Argentina in June.

Gustard, along with Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter, have been asked to join the tour with two members of the current England coaching team away with the British Lions.

Subject to Aviva Premiership placings, Baxter will link up with England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and Attacking Skills Coach Mike Catt to prepare for the match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on May 26 while Gustard will be available once Saracens’ Premiership and Heineken Cup involvement has ended.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We are delighted to have two quality coaches who have come through the English system for what will be a hugely significant tour for us and a big thank-you should go to Saracens, Exeterand Premiership Rugby for supporting England in this way.

“It was important that we found two coaches who could mirror the skill set of Graham (Rowntree) and Andy (Farrell) while they are away (with the British & Irish Lions) and come in and keep developing the players within our system.

“Paul, having worked together with Andy at Saracens, already has a good understanding of how we operate and Rob, who has done a great job in developing a very competitive Exeter pack, will pick up the set piece and breakdown.

“Both will work alongside Mike Catt as part of our integrated coaching team and we are looking forward to them joining us after their club commitments finish on what is an important tour in our development as a team."

Gustard said: "It's obviously a great honour to be asked to assist in the preparation of theEnglandsquad. I am grateful to Saracens for giving me the opportunity to continue my development as a coach at national level."

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