Sunday 23 September 2018

O'Shea eager for say on English coach

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

The former Ireland full-back and Ian McGeechan have been linked with a role as 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.

O'Shea said: "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. I will leave the process to take its path and be involved as and when I am asked."

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

He 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.

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

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