Monday 27 March 2017

O'Shea tipped for England job panel

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea says he would be "delighted" to be part of the panel that helps select the new England head coach.

O'Shea and Ian McGeechan have been linked with the roles of Premiership Rugby representatives on the five-man committee charged with suggesting Martin Johnson's permanent successor.

The panel will be chaired by the Rugby Football Union's new chief executive Ian Ritchie.

The Twickenham representatives on the so-called 153 committee are reported to be Rob Andrew, the RFU's professional rugby director, and head of elite coach development Kevin Bowring.

"Within the agreement (between the clubs and the RFU), Premiership Rugby are going to have an input and if the ones nominated are myself and Geech (McGeechan) then I'd be delighted and will be delighted to be part of that process," said O'Shea.

O'Shea would appear to be well-equipped for a role on the panel, given that he spent three years as the RFU's regional academy director before joining the English Institute of Sport.

The former Ireland full-back was considered a potential candidate for the national job before committing his future to Harlequins, where he has built a side with the largest English representation in the Premiership, including England captain Chris Robshaw.

England's interim coach Stuart Lancaster has applied for the full-time job along with, it is believed, the former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett and ex-Ireland boss Eddie O'Sullivan.

Irish Independent

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