Nov 27, 2013
Paul Gustard to link up with England Saxons
Saracens defence & forwards coach Paul Gustard is to join the England Saxons coaching team for January's internationals against the O2 Ireland Wolfhounds and Scotland A.
And Nick Walshe and Ian Peel have been reappointed to lead the England Under 20 programme during the Six Nations as well as the defence of their IRB Junior World Championship title in New Zealand next summer.
Gustard filled the defence coach role on England's tour to Argentina last summer and is being seconded to the Saxons programme from his Aviva Premiership club.
He joins Head Coach Jon Callard and Forwards Coach Simon Hardy in the Saxons management team led by the RFU's Head of International Player Development Joe Lydon.
Lydon said: "Paul Gustard will join the Saxons coaching team for January's internationals and we're grateful to Saracens for releasing him to us.
"Having him on board adds value to our programme for two important matches in terms of both continuity from the summer and in closer integration with Aviva Premiership clubs.
Gustard said: "Last summer's tour to Argentina suggested that English rugby is producing an exciting generation of talented players, and it will be a privilege for me to continue working with many of these players when the Saxons gather at the end of January. I am grateful to the RFU and Saracens for creating this opportunity and I'm looking forward to working and sharing ideas with Joe, Jon and Simon."
- Jan 25: England Saxons v O2 Ireland Wolfhounds (Gloucester 5pm, Live on Sky Sports)
- Jan 31: Scotland A v England Saxons (Glasgow, 7.30pm).