June 15, 2018 / 1:43 PM / 8 months ago

England appoint Mallinder as pathway performance coach

Soccer Football - European Champions Cup - Northampton Saints vs Ospreys - Franklin's Gardens, Northampton, Britain - December 9, 2017 Northampton Head Coach Jim Mallinder before the game Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

(Reuters) - England have appointed former Northampton Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder as a pathway performance coach, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Friday.

Mallinder, who won two England caps as a player, was the longest-serving director of rugby in the Premiership before being sacked by Northampton in December, after over a decade at the club.

“It’s great to be returning to the RFU having held previous roles both in the pathway and with the Saxons,” Mallinder said.

“I’m a supporter of emerging talent and I’ve always tried to help develop young English players with their progression into senior rugby. I hope to continue that in my new role in the England pathway.”

The 52-year-old previously coached the England Saxons, the nation’s secondary team, between 2006 and 2007. He also helped the England under-21s win the Six Nations title in 2006.

Mallinder joins the RFU’s development programme following the departure of England under-18s coaches John Fletcher and Peter Walton.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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