Cape Town - Former
Worcester director of rugby Dean Ryan is set to join the Rugby Football
Union in August as head of international player development.
Reporting to Nigel Melville, the RFU's director of professional
rugby, Ryan will be responsible for leading and managing the
international performance pathway to provide a pipeline of players
capable of securing sustainable success for England Rugby.
Ryan will work closely with academies and national-team coaches to
align best practice and consistency from the U16 age group going through
to the senior team. He will also oversee the development of elite
coaches, including current national-team coaches, and the identification
of potential future international coaches.
"I am delighted to be joining the RFU at an exciting time for rugby in England," said Ryan.
"The month of June alone saw incredible success with the senior team
winning the series in Australia, the U20s winning their third World
Rugby U20 Championship title in four years and the Saxons series win in
"This is an opportunity for England Rugby to take that next step and
become a dominant force in world rugby. To do this we need to ensure we
continue to develop a world-class pathway system for our players and
"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."
Melville added: "I’m thrilled that Dean is joining England Rugby with
his considerable experience of hands-on coaching in the professional
game and expertise in developing players in the Premiership and
"He also understands both the challenges and opportunities within our
current national academy and professional domestic game and will work
closely with clubs and the academies.
"This role is critically important for us to ensure we have a
consistent and aligned player pathway with the best coaches that help to
create long-term success for England."
The 50-year-old left Worcester Warriors in June this year where he
was director of rugby for the past three seasons. In his time with the
club he led them to promotion into the Premiership and won the British
and Irish Cup in the 2014/15 season.
Ryan was previously part of Scotland's coaching set-up during the
2013 Six Nations, where he helped the side to their highest
finish in the championship for seven years.
The former England international spent four years as head coach of
Gloucester from 2005 to 2009 with the club finishing top of the
Premiership table for two consecutive seasons in 2007 and 2008.
He has coached with Melville previously at Gloucester and with England Under-20s.
In his playing days Ryan won four England caps and the former number eight had spells at Saracens, Wasps, Newcastle and Bristol.