Edwards rejoins Leeds Carnegie as Head coach

RFU National Academy Coach Diccon Edwards will join Leeds Carnegie next month as the club’s new head coach.

Edwards joined the RFU last summer and has worked as the assistant to England Under 20 head coach Rob Hunter this season.

He will return to Leeds Carnegie following this month’s IRB Junior World Championship in Italy. England, the Under 20 RBS 6 Nations champions, kick off the tournament on June 10 against Ireland in Treviso.

RFU Rugby Operations Director Rob Andrew said: “Diccon’s made a very positive impact in the short time he’s been with us, working with some very talented young players and helping mould a side that won a Six Nations Grand Slam this season.

“The opportunity to take charge at Leeds Carnegie is an exciting one for him and he leaves the RFU with our best wishes and thanks.

“Our elite coach development programme continues to add value to coaches and it is good to see another coach gain from his experience with the RFU and be offered an opportunity with a top club.”

Edwards said: “I would like to thank Rob Andrew, Stuart Lancaster [Head of Elite Player Development], Kevin Bowring [Head of Elite Coach Development] and everyone at the RFU for the opportunity to work within a world class organisation for the past year.

“I feel that I have developed a great deal in the last 12 months and helping the England U20s achieve a Grand Slam this season was a particular highlight for me.

“However, the chance to come back to my club and help return us to the top flight was too good to resist and I feel the timing is right for me as a coach.”

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