Dean Ryan Joins RFU As Head Of International Player Development

Dean Ryan Joins RFU As England’s Head Of International Player Development

  • Dean Ryan handed international player development role by RFU
  • New position involves preparing players for England sides
  • Ryan stepped down as Worcester’s director of rugby in June
Former Worcester Warriors Director of Rugby Dean Ryan will become the RFU’s new Head Of International Player Development in August, it has been announced.

Dean Ryan shocked Worcester Warriors and the club’s fans when he decided to walk away from Sixways at the end of June.

At the time Worcester’s CEO Jim O’Toole ruled out Ryan working at another Premiership club (via Sky Sports):

“He will not be at another Premiership club, I want to make that clear, he will not. We want to move on.”

Ryan takes over from Joe Lydon who resigned in March, and will have responsibility for “leading and managing the international performance pathway to provide a pipeline of players capable of securing sustainable success for England Rugby”, as the RFU put it.

“This is an opportunity for English rugby to take that next step and become a dominant force in world rugby,” revealed Ryan


“To do this we need to ensure we continue to develop a world-class pathway system for our players and elite coaches.

“Having excellent relationships with the professional clubs is key, and we need to be joined up in our approach so we develop players who are ready to take that step into the senior international environment and make a real impact for England.”

Ryan, 50, will report to Nigel Melville, the RFU’s director of professional rugby, with whom he coached at Gloucester.


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