England appoint Peel as Scrum coach for Six Nations

Ian Peel will be in charge of England's scrum in the Six Nations

The Rugby Football Union have appointed former Newcastle Prop Ian Peel as scrum coach for England’s Six Nations campaign.

Peel will also join Saracens’ backroom staff on a permanent basis according to the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The 39-year-old former Newcastle Falcons prop has coached England’s Under-20s as their International Performance Coach since 2013, but will now give up that role as new England boss Eddie Jones overhauls his backroom ahead of the Six Nations campaign.

“This is a huge opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting stuck in with lots of the guys who I have worked with through the age-group teams but also when I have gone in and helped Graham Rowntree over the last few seasons,” said Peel.

Steve Borthwick (forwards) and Paul Gustard (defence) have already joined Jones’s coaching setup after the Australian replaced Stuart Lancaster, whose tenure ended after the World Cup where England became the first host country not to reach the knock-out stges.

The only vacant post remaining is a replacement for backs coach Mike Catt who was axed along with backroom colleagues Andy Farrell and Rowntree two weeks ago.

“It is a huge honour to go and deliver that for the seniors and joining up with Eddie, Steve Borthwick, Paul Gustard and the rest of the team,” Peel added.

Under Peel the age-group squad also won the Under 20 Six Nations title in 2015 and were runners up in 2014, narrowly missing out on the Grand Slam to France.

As a player Peel started as a junior at Wharfedale RUFC and went on to sign for the Falcons in 1998, going on to make 122 Premiership appearances as a prop before retiring in 2006.

Peel began coaching with Newcastle’s Academy, combining his role with the Falcons alongside being forwards coach at National One side Tynedale. He also had coaching stints at Sedbergh School and Barnard Castle – both renowned rugby schools that have produced a number of England internationals.

He forged a partnership with John Fletcher and Pete Walton at Newcastle, coaching the scrum before he joined the RFU as a National Academy Coach scrum specialist looking after the Sevens, U18s and U20s.

Peel said: “I have been coaching within the RFU pathway for the last six years so this is a huge chance to go and coach seniors players at a quality club that performs at the highest level domestically and in Europe. I have no doubt it will be great environment to work in and there are a number of players who I have worked with within the England age-group set-up like Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Mako Vunipola. I am really looking forward to getting involved in the day-to-day and the hands-on coaching every week.

“I have loved every minute of working at the RFU, not just with the Under-20s but all the age-group sides within the pathway. It has massively developed me as a coach by working with different teams and different players and learning from those players and coaches. To develop as a coach under the likes of Kevin Bowring and Richard Shuttleworth has been great.

“Every team I have worked with has been different but I have massively enjoyed my time with all of them and for different reasons. Not just the success that went with the Under-20s with the Junior World Championships but seeing players that have developed through the pathway then go on and play in the Premiership or Championship and then ultimately going on and represent England or the British & Irish Lions. That is the biggest honour.”

On the chance to work with Jones on England’s upcoming RBS 6 Nations campaign he added: “This is a huge opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting stuck in with lots of the guys who I have worked with through the age-group teams but also when I have gone in and helped Graham Rowntree over the last few seasons. It is a huge honour to go and deliver that for the seniors and joining up with Eddie, Steve Borthwick, Paul Gustard and the rest of the team.”

Joe Lydon, RFU Head of International Player Development, said: “Ian has been an important and integral part of the England Pathway coaching team. His coaching, mentoring and support with individuals, units, teams, national squads and his close links with the professional clubs has had a massive and positive impact on so many players across the National Pathway.

“The opportunity for Ian to join the Saracens coaching staff will, I have no doubt, be an important part of his own personal development as well as the players he will be working with on a day-to-day basis.

“It is a great testament to Ian’s coaching ability and the collaborative approach between professional club and country, that Ian will also have a role in England’s 6 Nations campaign next year. We wish him all the very best in the coaching and development of players for Saracens and England.”

Jon Callard will head up the Under-20s programme for the 2016 Six Nations and will be assisted by forwards coach Peter Walton and backs coach Rory Teague, who will move from coaching with Saracens Academy to become an RFU International Performance Coach.

A former fly-half with Gloucester Rugby, Tarbes Pyrenees Rugby, FC Grenoble, Cinderford and Blackheath, Teague played for England at U18, U19 and Students level, as well as captaining England Counties. Prior to Saracens, he coached at Harrow School and Wasps Academy as a kicking coach.

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