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Healey wants England coaching job


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Austin Healey has admitted that he wants to get get involved with the England coaching set-up but insists that he has not been offered the backs coaching job already.

Healey’s name was linked with Martin Johnson in a new management team where Healey would coach the backs and Johnson would manage the team.

“The furthest I have gone is speaking to Brian Ashton about where England are going and my interest in coaching.

“I haven’t been offered a job, but hopefully that could be something that transpires in future,” he told the BBC.

“I am interested in getting into coaching but the reports I have read this week are all pie in the sky.”

Healey won 51 England caps before retiring in 2006. He was also a British Lion and toured with them in 1997 and 2001.

He has no coaching experience but he was one of the most inventive players England have ever had. He played several positions in the back line including scrum-half, fly-half and wing.

Rugby Football Union director of elite rugby Rob Andrew is compiling a report on the Six Nations and he must make recommendation to the England board within the next week on the way forward.

Andrew met with Johnson on Thursday about a managers role even though Ashton has already said he does not want a team manager “who’s going to interfere or get involved in the rugby side of things”.

Twickenham bosses want any changes to the managerial and coaching team in place ahead of England’s two-Test New Zealand tour in June.



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