English rugby
RFU appoint Hill to key youth role
ESPN Staff
August 1, 2014
Richard takes part in a parade around Twickenham, England v Australia, QBE International, Twickenham, November 2, 2013
Richard Hill was a key part of England's 2003 World Cup triumph © Getty Images

Former England flanker Richard Hill has been appointed to a key role in the RFU's youth development programme.

Hill, who was a World Cup winner with England in 2003, has been named player pathway liaison manager and will help identify, mentor and develop young players between the ages of 15-19.

The role will see Hill liaise with the RFU's executive staff and external organisations such as clubs, regional academies, other unions, players and their families, and schools

"I am delighted to take up this position in what is an exciting time for England Rugby," Hill said. "The player pathway is a crucial part to ensuring England's long-term success at the highest level.

"Over my playing and coaching career I have enjoyed working with and mentoring younger players. As a proud Englishman I look forward to continuing this at the RFU as we look past next year's home World Cup to 2019 and beyond."

Hill retired from rugby in 2008 following a serious knee injury, having played 71 times for England and five times for the British and Irish Lions. Considered one of the game's great flankers, Hill spent his entire 15-year playing career at Saracens, where he took up an Academy coaching role after his retirement.

"We are pleased to welcome Richard to the team, whose experience as a world-class player and coach will be invaluable to the RFU," head of international player development Joe Lydon said. "He will play an important role within our player pathway working with our key rugby stakeholders as well as helping to identify talented players and provide advice, support and direction to them."

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