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Robinson named as Sale head coach

Jason Robinson
Robinson finished playing for Sale in 2007

Sale have appointed former England skipper Jason Robinson as their head coach from the start of next season.

The 34-year-old, who joined Sale in 2000 and retired from playing at the end of 2007, will work with Phil-Keith Roach and Kingsley Jones.

Roach, England's scrummaging coach during the 2003 World Cup, will specialise in coaching the forwards.

Former head coach Jones will serve as director of rugby, replacing Philippe Saint-Andre, who will return to France.

"I am delighted to be back involved at Sale Sharks and I am looking forward to working with Kingsley and the rest of the coaching team," said Robinson.

"I have missed the day-to-day involvement and am looking forward to getting started."

Jones said: "It's no coincidence that in the three years that Jason was captain was the most successful in the club's history.

"He is renowned for his enthusiasm and drive and is a proven 100% winner. He also has great mentoring skills which will prove invaluable in his work with the senior and academy players at the club."

Robinson was part of Sir Clive Woodward's World Cup-winning England team in 2003, scoring a try in the 20-17 victory over Australia in the final at Sydney's Telstra Stadium.

The winger had forged a successful career in rugby league, making his debut in 1991 aged 17 with Hunslet before a move to Wigan a year later.

Robinson spent eight successful years with the Cherry and Whites before switching codes in 2000, joining Sale, where he made 159 appearances before announcing his retirement in 2007.

He made 51 appearances for England, scoring 140 points, and also went on the British and Irish Lions tours to Australia in 2001 and New Zealand in 2005 - playing in five of the six Tests.

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see also
Saint Andre feels time is right
05 Dec 08 |  Rugby Union
Saint-Andre lands Sale post
05 Mar 04 |  Rugby Union
Saint-Andre sacked over Wales job
25 Jan 04 |  Internationals
Robinson insists he will retire
01 Dec 07 |  Rugby Union
Robinson admits tear-jerking exit
21 Oct 07 |  Rugby Union

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