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Baxter & Gustard to join England coaching team

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter

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Article Published: Wednesday 27 March 2013|

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter and Saracens Defence and Forwards Coach Paul Gustard will join the England coaching team for the tour to Argentina in June.

Subject to Aviva Premiership placings, Baxter will link up with England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and Attacking Skills Coach Mike Catt to prepare for the match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on May 26 while Gustard will be available once Saracens' Premiership and Heineken Cup involvement has ended.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We are delighted to have two quality coaches who have come through the English system for what will be a hugely significant tour for us and a big thank-you should go to Saracens, Exeter and Premiership Rugby for supporting England in this way.

"It was important that we found two coaches who could mirror the skill set of Graham (Rowntree) and Andy (Farrell) while they are away (with the British & Irish Lions) and come in and keep developing the players within our system.

"Paul, having worked together with Andy at Saracens, already has a good understanding of how we operate and Rob, who has done a great job in developing a very competitive Exeter pack, will pick up the set piece and breakdown.

"Both will work alongside Mike Catt as part of our integrated coaching team and we are looking forward to them joining us after their club commitments finish on what is an important tour in our development as a team."

Baxter said: "Obviously I am delighted to have been asked to be part of Stuart's coaching team. I see it as a fantastic opportunity for me to do what we keep saying to the players here at the club, which is to keep learning; keep doing better and experience new things. This is a great chance for me to experience something different, learn from other coaches such as Stuart, Mike Catt and Paul (Gustard) and work with some different players."

Gustard said: "It's obviously a great honour to be asked to assist in the preparation of the England squad. I am grateful to Saracens for giving me the opportunity to continue my development as a coach at national level."

The details of England's tour matches are currently being finalised and will be announced in due course.

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