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Andrew gets new RFU role

Rob Andrew has been appointed as the Rugby Football Union's new director of rugby operations.

Andrew's previous role as the elite rugby director at Twickenham, which he had held for five years, was made redundant in a shake-up of the RFU's senior management.

The elite department and the RFU's community arm were brought together in a single rugby department, divided into three areas: performance, operations and development.

Andrew was invited to apply for the operations role after putting in place the structures that have underpinned England's success this season, culminating in the RBS 6 Nations title and an Under-20s Grand Slam.

Andrew negotiated the English Qualified Player (EQP) scheme and an eight-year deal with the Aviva Premiership clubs to secure England additional access to their elite players (EPS).

The former England fly-half will relinquish direct responsibility for elite teams to a new performance director, who is yet to be appointed.

But Andrew will continue to manage those schemes while his new brief includes overseeing tournaments and competitions, referee and coach development, sports science, medicine and player welfare.

"I am excited by the opportunity to maintain many of my key responsibilities at the RFU and to add new ones to my remit," Andrew said.

"Continuing to work closely with Premiership Rugby and the clubs on our eight year agreement will provide continuity and allow me to influence the elite game."

The RFU have also confirmed that Steve Grainger, former chief executive of the Youth Sport Trust, has been appointed as the new rugby development director.

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