Former England international and World Cup winner Richard Hill has been appointed manager of the England Rugby Team ahead of the 2016 Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.
Hill, 43, will report directly to Eddie Jones when he joins the senior squad at their Brighton training camp on October 2nd, which will see the Six Nations and Grand Slam champions begin their preparations for the clash with South Africa (Saturday 12th November – Twickenham).
Hill is widely regarded as one of the finest flankers in the history of the game and was an instrumental part of the 2003 World Cup winning squad, with his performance in the semi-final against France a real highlight of his career.
The former Saracen was capped 71-times by England during a glittering career which also saw him play on three British Lions tours between 1997 and 2005. During the England Saxons tour of South Africa during the summer, Hill took the role of team manager and his move to the senior side is a natural progression.
“Richard Hill is an icon” says Eddie Jones ahead of Autumn Internationals
There is no doubt that Hill will have a major impact on the England squad ahead of the Autumn Internationals, mainly due to his experiences at the highest level including beating ‘The Big Three’ (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa) during the 2002 Autumn Internationals.
On the appointment Jones said: “Richard is an icon of English rugby and I am very pleased he has agreed to join the England management team.
“It is important we use the knowledge of former international players and keep an historical link with the past. I am in no doubt that Richard will excel in his role and I look forward to working with him again as we continue our preparation for the Old Mutual Wealth Series later this year.”
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