Former New Zealand males’s coach John Mitchell named as the brand new England ladies’s head coach… however 59-year-old is not going to take cost till after the World Cup in October as a consequence of his present position as Japan’s defence coach
- Mitchell will take over as England ladies’s head coach later this 12 months
- Simon Middleton stepped down following the Six Nations triumph
- Former England captain Sarah Hunter will be part of Mitchell’s backroom employees
England have confirmed their former males’s assistant coach John Mitchell will take cost of their vastly profitable ladies’s facet as successor to Simon Middleton.
Mitchell, who labored alongside Eddie Jones in his most up-to-date RFU position, is at present defence coach with Japan and shall be a key determine with the Brave Blossoms on the males’s World Cup later this 12 months.
After the match he’ll be part of England’s Purple Roses who sealed a fourth straight Girls’s Six Nations title and a second successive Grand Slam with victory over France final weekend.
England have grown to grow to be the dominant power in ladies’s rugby – regardless of dropping the final two World Cup finals to New Zealand – however the appointment of Mitchell has divided opinion.
Mitchell has nearly three many years of worldwide knowhow having coached in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA, Japan and in England the place he labored with the England males’s staff as forwards coach between 1997-2000 and defence coach between 2018-2021.
Former New Zealand males’s coach John Mitchell will take over as England ladies’s head coach
Simon Middleton stepped down following the Six Nations triumph at Twickenham on Saturday
There might be no doubting his expertise, however many would have preferred to have seen the RFU go for a feminine coach. Mitchell would be the one in cost when England host the following Girls’s World Cup in 2025 – a match they hope to win on house soil.
‘The Purple Roses have set an unbelievable customary and basis for ladies’s rugby, being probably the most profitable staff within the Six Nations which is an incredible achievement,’ Mitchell mentioned.
‘We now have the chance to construct on this, mature in key areas, and grow to be a very champion facet that may rightfully contest for the World Cup in 2025.
‘I wish to honour the vastly supportive Purple Roses followers with profitable performances as we work in the direction of profitable and promoting out Twickenham for the Rugby World Cup in 2025.’ Middleton ended his spell as Purple Roses head coach on a excessive.
His time in cost was vastly profitable. He led England to a 30-match unbeaten run and the one downsides to his tenure have been World Cup last defeats by New Zealand in each 2017 and 2022. Mitchell will hope to go one higher. Louis Deacon will proceed as forwards coach and can lead the staff till Mitchell joins.
Former England captain Sarah Hunter, who retired in March, will be part of Mitchell’s backroom employees
England’s most capped participant and former captain, Sarah Hunter, has been appointed to the position of transition coach to work with each the senior ladies’s staff and England’s pathway programme. Lou Meadows has been promoted from her position as ladies’s Below-20 head coach to assault coach for the ladies’s senior staff.
England’s grand slam-clinching win over France was watched by a world document crowd for a ladies’s rugby match and there might be little question the feminine recreation is simply going in a single route.
The RFU hope to promote out Twickenham for the 2025 World Cup last.
Conor O’Shea, their govt director of efficiency rugby, mentioned: ‘We’re thrilled to be welcoming John again to England.
‘With our most up-to-date Six Nations grand slam win and setting a world document crowd, a excessive bar has been set. I am assured this extensively skilled teaching staff shall be equally difficult and supportive of the staff within the subsequent stage of their improvement.’