RFU appoints Joe Lydon as head of international player development
The RFU has appointed Joe Lydon as England's new head of international player development.
Last Updated: 24/05/13 10:48am
The former England attack coach will move to Twickenham from his current role as head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union.
Lydon will report into England boss Stuart Lancaster and the RFU has told him he must "lead and manage the international performance pathway to provide a pipeline of international players for England".
Lancaster said: "This is a significant appointment for the future of England Rugby, made following a rigorous selection process. Joe has a huge amount of experience as a player, coach and head of a successful performance and development structure in Wales and I am looking forward to working with him.
"He will be responsible for developing and managing a world class system of international player development for all our teams. We would like to build on the current system of talent identification, development and selection process that ensures that we have continual supply of high quality international players for England."
Lydon's remit includes the Saxons, U20s, U18s, Sevens, and the Women's senior, Sevens and U20 teams.
Lydon said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time within Welsh Rugby and I feel proud and privileged to have helped the WRU make great strides in performance and development over the last five years. I'd like to thank Welsh Rugby for the fantastic opportunity and the support and guidance provided by so many along the way.
"I am sad to be leaving Wales, but the challenge of playing such a pivotal role in the development of English rugby at this time is one I had to take up.
"Welsh rugby is in great shape and I leave behind a team of people more than capable of achieving the goals we have set.
"The experience I have gained across the past five years with the WRU will set me in great stead for the exciting new challenge ahead."
WRU chief executive Roger Lewis said: "I am personally and professionally sad to see Joe leave but the whole of Welsh rugby will always be grateful to him for what he has achieved during his time in Wales.
"In Joe we chose the right man to introduce an unprecedented scale of change and reform which had to be achieved for the continued growth of our game."