Former UK Sport Performance Director Peter Keen and British and Irish Lions legend Ian McGeechan have joined up to work with the RFU to ensure England's success at the highest level.
Keen was the architect of the systems and processes that resulted in Great Britain's 19 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, and continued to oversee the performance pathways that delivered 29 golds and ensured huge success at London 2012, while Sir Ian McGeechan has coached the British and Irish Lions five times as well as leading London Wasps to Heineken Cup and Aviva Premiership titles.
The independent consultants are reporting to RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie as part of the RFU's drive to make sure England teams have the foundations necessary for long-term success.
"I'm delighted we've got two outstanding individuals involved and this is a very positive move," said Ritchie.
"We have one of the greatest rugby brains of modern times allied with one of the most respected performance experts Great Britain has produced, that experience of best practice at the very top of elite sport can only benefit us.
"Across the organisation we're continually looking at how we can do things better. In this case that means the best performance pathways, support mechanisms and programmes which ultimately result in better England teams. "
"I know they're both very excited about their involvement and I'm looking forward to working with them closely."