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Kirwan keen on England

All Blacks legend not put off by crisis at the RFU

Last Updated: 25/11/11 3:59pm

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John Kirwan: Would be honoured to coach England

John Kirwan: Would be honoured to coach England

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Former Italy and Japan coach John Kirwan has thrown his hat into the ring to become England's new manager.

The All Blacks legend was in charge of the Brave Blossoms during the World Cup but admits it would be "an honour" to replace Martin Johnson.

"I think it would be a fantastic job," Kirwan, a World Cup winner in 1987, told the Guardian.

"The team is really exciting. I'm a head coach but I specialise in attack and unleashing the England attack would be something really exciting."

Despite the current turmoil that has engulfed the RFU in the aftermath of the World Cup and the fact England need to announce their 32-man elite squad at the start of January, Kirwan says he is up for the challenge.

"There's always ups and downs," he said. "For me as the head coach you need to understand and have a working relationship with the people above you, but the main job is to make sure everything is functioning underneath you and the team is performing to the best of its ability."

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