England return for Farrell
Lancaster delighted with appoitment
Last Updated: June 28, 2012 4:43pm
Andy Farrell: Has rejoined the England backroom staff
Former Saracens coach Andy Farrell has agreed to return to the England backroom staff.
Farrell had worked alongside Graham Rowntree as part of Stuart Lancaster's interim coaching team for the RBS Six Nations.
However he initially turned down the chance to turn his sabbatical from Saracens into a full-time deal.
Farrell, though, stepped down as head coach of Sarries ahead of England's tour to South Africa.
And he has now signed a three-and-a-half year contract with the RFU that will take him through to January 31, 2016.
"I loved every minute of coaching England and working with Stuart and Graham and this group of players in the Six Nations and to get the opportunity to do it permanently is a dream."
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"I loved every minute of coaching England and working with Stuart and Graham and this group of players in the Six Nations and to get the opportunity to do it permanently is a dream," said Farrell.
"I have watched England in South Africa and I am massively excited about the potential that was clearly evident in the three Tests and midweek matches.
"I had seven very special years with Saracens and the club will always have a fond place in my heart. I am grateful for the help they have given me as a player and a coach and I wish everyone involved the best in the future.
Lancaster is delighted that Farrell has now agreed to join the coaching set-up.
"I am delighted that we have got Andy on board. He is a special coach and an individual and the way this team has developed is a testament to the foundations that we laid in the Six Nations," he said.
"Andy, Graham and myself work well together and I am looking forward to carrying on that close relationship over the next three-and-a-half years as we build towards a home World Cup.
"As I said the other day, I will continue to review the make-up of the coaching team over the next few weeks to ensure that England has the best structure and personnel."