England Rugby have announced that Men's 7s coach Simon Amor will take over the Women's program in new role where he manages both programmes
Nigel Melville, RFU Director for professional rugby added on the future direction of sevens which will see Simon Amor manage the women's programme alongside the men's: “This season has seen focus intentionally put on the 15s game and preparing for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in Ireland next month. From a sevens’ perspective in doing this, it has allowed us to identify and develop new talent in the sevens format of the game. This season has given those younger players an opportunity to gain valuable experience both on the HSBC Women’s Sevens World Series and Rugby Europe Grand Prix Series.
“Following the conclusion of the Women’s Rugby World Cup we will switch our focus back onto sevens and the Olympic Games in 2020. With qualification now secured for Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, the 17/18 season will be an exciting one for the women’s sevens programme with the World Series and also the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast to compete for as well. To help continue develop the sevens programme in England, Simon Amor now oversees both the men’s and women’s setups which will allow excellent crossover and continuity between both programmes.
“Simon has been fantastic for England Sevens as a head coach and his experience of the men’s and women’s circuit, winning tournaments and pulling together a very successful Olympic campaign will be crucial in continuing to drive the standards and performance of our overall sevens programme.”
Simon Amor, England Sevens head coach added: "It is an incredibly exciting time for sevens off the back of a successful Olympics.
“I enjoyed coaching the England Women’s sevens squad several years ago and gained a good understanding of the set-up through that experience.
“Longer term, there are great benefits in the two programmes working closely together as we grow the game in England and are successful on the world stage.”