Amor appointed England sevens coach
Simon Amor has been appointed as the new England sevens head coach.
The Rugby Football Union announced that 34-year-old Amor will link up with them from London Scottish, where he is currently director of rugby.
Amor, a former England sevens captain, has been in charge at Scottish since 2010.
Former scrum-half Amor, who takes over from Ben Ryan, enjoyed a successful top-flight playing career that featured spells with London Irish, Gloucester and Wasps.
But he made his name in sevens, helping England to land four Hong Kong Sevens titles and winning a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
And Amor's experience in rugby's abbreviated code will be vital as England build towards this season's world series and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games next year.
"I am delighted to have been given the chance to lead England sevens at such an exciting time in the development of the sport," he said.
"England have a talented squad, and my focus is on helping the players realise their potential in the HSBC World Series, at next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and beyond.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time putting the full-time programme in place at London Scottish. The future for the club in the Championship looks very bright, and I am grateful for the opportunity they have given me to develop my career."
Joe Lydon, the RFU's head of international player development, added: "We had a strong field of candidates for the role of England sevens head coach, and Simon came out on top in a very competitive process.
"He's an outstanding individual who has the coaching, managerial and leadership skills to take the England sevens programme forward and shape its strategic role in our international player development pathway.
"I would also like to thank London Scottish for the positive and professional way they have engaged with us to make the transition as smooth as possible for all parties."
Scottish kick off their Championship campaign this weekend, with their coaching staff currently including former France international flanker Serge Betsen and ex-Leicester hooker James Buckland.
"The board has been aware for a number of weeks that the RFU were seeking to appoint a new head coach of the England sevens team, and we are not surprised they have chosen Simon as that person," London Scottish chairman Sir David Reid said.
"His pedigree as a player in the shortened format of the game is second to none, and while the timing of this announcement is unfortunate with the season due to start on Saturday, we fully understand Simon's desire to take up this new challenge.
"The club will immediately review all our internal and external options regarding the coaching set-up with a view to reaching an early decision."
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