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Graham Rowntree becomes latest England World Cup assistant to land new job


Graham Rowntree has landed a new job

Graham Rowntree has landed a new job

Graham Rowntree has landed a new job

Aviva Premiership club Harlequins announced the appointment of Graham Rowntree as their forwards coach on Wednesday, which means all of England's 2015 World Cup coaching assistants have now landed new jobs.

It leaves only former England head coach Stuart Lancaster yet to secure a new role in front-line coaching since the tournament ended last October. England became the worst-performing host nation in World Cup history after they failed to progress beyond the pool stage.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the new identities for England's World Cup men.


Defence specialist Farrell, 40, departed his England role shortly after Lancaster resigned last November, exiting Twickenham at the same time as Mike Catt and Rowntree after Australian Eddie Jones took over from Lancaster. Former Great Britain rugby league star and England union international Farrell was appointed in January as Ireland defence coach, to take effect following this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.


Skills coach Catt, 44, will be part of a new-look Italian job as Conor O'Shea looks to rebuild the Italy national team's fortunes following a dismal 2016 Six Nations campaign that saw them once again finish as tournament wooden spoonists. O'Shea leaves Harlequins this summer to become the Azzurri's new head coach, with Catt, who won 75 caps for England, being a key member of his support staff.


Ex-Leicester and England prop Rowntree has moved into a reshaped Quins coaching team, which will be headed by O'Shea's replacement John Kingston next season and also include Mark Mapletoft and Nick Easter. Rowntree, 45, became England forwards coach ahead of the 2008 Six Nations Championship and quickly established a reputation as an impressive operator. His new Quins role will see him work again with the likes of England forwards Chris Robshaw and Joe Marler.