Dean Ryan takes player development role with RFU
Dean Ryan has been appointed as the Rugby Football Union's head of international player development.
Ryan will arrive at Twickenham next month and will be responsible for leading and managing the progress of players so they become capable of playing for England.
The 50-year-old is to work with academies and national team coaches and the scope of his role extends from Under-16s through to the senior team.
"This is an opportunity for English rugby to take that next step and become a dominant force in world rugby," said Ryan, who stepped down as Worcester director of rugby in June.
"To do this we need to ensure we continue to develop a world-class pathway system for our players and elite coaches.
"Having excellent relationships with the professional clubs is key, and we need to be joined up in our approach so we develop players who are ready to take that step into the senior international environment and make a real impact for England."
Ryan will report to Nigel Melville, the RFU's director of professional rugby, who he coached alongside at Gloucester and with England Under-20s.