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RFU performance director Chris Spice
"This job isn't about coaching a team."
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Friday, 21 September, 2001, 07:10 GMT 08:10 UK
RFU appoint former Wales coach
Kevin Bowring
Kevin Bowring was Wales coach from 1995 to 1998
Former Wales coach Kevin Bowring has been appointed head of elite coach development by the Rugby Football Union.

Bowring will start work next January and will be responsible for the development of coaches throughout England representative sides and a newly-created English academy system.

The RFU also want him to identify potential top-level coaches by working with Premiership rugby directors.

"Throughout the interview process, Kevin proved to be the outstanding candidate for the job and I am very much looking forward to working with him," said England boss Clive Woodward.

Wales' defeat to France in 1998 saw Bowring resign
Wales' defeat to France in 1998 saw Bowring resign
"His experience in coaching and lecturing will be a real benefit for not only the England team, but the performance department as well.

"He will help managers, coaches and players to progress to a higher level of elite performance."

RFU performance director Chris Spice added: "Kevin has outstanding credentials, having been involved in rugby for more than 30 years as both a player and coach.

"He has vast experience lecturing in coaching and in management, leadership and communication, which is vital for this position.

"He will play a vital role in the future of England Rugby."

A former Neath and London Welsh player, Bowring coached Wales from 1995 to 1998 before resigning after the 51-0 Five Nations Championship defeat against France at Wembley.

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