Former Leicester Tigers forward Louis Deacon has been appointed England Women forwards coach.
He takes over from Mark Luffman, who held the role on an interim-basis following the departure of Richard Blaze, also a former Leicester lock, last year.
Deacon joins the Red Roses from Coventry RFC where he has been forwards coach since the 2017/18 season. He takes his place in the Red Roses’ coaching set up alongside head coach Simon Middleton, backs coach Scott Bemand and Amy Turner, England’s nominated coach for World Rugby’s coaching internship programme.
As a player, Deacon won 29 caps for England and was involved in Rugby World Cup 2011. He is a six-time Premiership winner and made 274 appearances for Tigers.
Deacon said: “It’ll be a new challenge for me and while I have enjoyed my time with Coventry I am looking forward to working with Simon, Scott and Amy as part of the Red Roses coaching team.
“There’s such a lot of talent in the playing group and this role will give me the opportunity to continue to develop my coaching.
“It’s a big year with Rugby World Cup in 2022 and I can’t wait to get started and help build towards that.”
Of the appointment England Women head coach Simon Middleton said: “Louis has had a fantastic club and international career and is a consummate professional.
“He’s incredibly experienced in the aspects of the role that we need to focus on, including set-piece, but he also has a diversity in his coaching. His playing background and coaching background make him the perfect fit and we’re looking forward to working with him.”