RFU sign up former Wales coach Bowring

Former Wales coach Kevin Bowring has landed a top job with the Rugby Football Union.

Bowring will start work as Twickenham's head of elite coach development, reporting directly to RFU performance director Chris Spice, next January.

Bowring's brief includes include overall responsibility for the development of coaches throughout England representative sides and a newly-created English academy system.

The RFU also want him to work with Premiership rugby directors, and identify potential coaches to work at elite levels of the English game.

"Throughout the interview process, Kevin proved to be the outstanding candidate for the job and I am very much looking forward to working with him," said England boss Clive Woodward.

"His experience in coaching and lecturing will be a real benefit for not only the England team, but the performance department as well, helping managers, coaches and players to progress to a higher level of elite performance."

Spice added: "Kevin has outstanding credentials, having been involved in rugby for more than 30 years as both a player and coach.

"He has vast experience lecturing in coaching and in management, leadership and communication, which is vital for this position. He will play a vital role in the future of England Rugby."

Bowring coached Wales from November, 1995 to mid-1998, albeit with limited success, and stepped down following the 51-0 Five Nations Championship defeat against France at Wembley.

Graham Henry then took over the coaching reins after an abysmal summer tour of South Africa, agreeing a reputed £1million-plus deal over five years and incorporating two World Cup campaigns.

As a player, Bowring featured for Neath and London Welsh, winning Wales B representative honours, before switching to coaching.