STATEMENT: England appoint new Red Roses coach - Ruck

STATEMENT: England appoint new Red Roses coach

Currently defence coach with Japan, Mitchell has almost three decades of international experience having coached in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA, Japan and England, where he worked with England Men as forwards coach between 1997-2000 and defence coach between 2018-2021.

“The Red Roses have set an incredible standard and foundation for women’s rugby, being the most successful team in the Six Nations which is a tremendous achievement,” said Mitchell.

“We now have the opportunity to build on this, mature in key areas and become a truly champion side that can rightfully contest for the World Cup in 2025. I would like to honour the hugely supportive Red Roses fans with successful performances as we work towards winning and selling out Twickenham Stadium for the Rugby World Cup in 2025.”

Louis Deacon will continue as forwards coach and will lead the team until Mitchell joins, while England’s most capped player and former captain Sarah Hunter has been appointed to the role of transition coach. She will work with both the senior women’s team and pathway programme, with a focus on forwards, breakdown and defensive systems.

Lou Meadows has been promoted from her role as U20s head coach to attack coach for the women’s senior team. A former teacher and development officer with the RFU, Meadows was the first-ever female head coach of an England men’s aspirational side when she coached England Counties U20s. As a player, she represented Wasps and Saracens.

Charlie Hayter will move into a more embedded role as head of women’s performance and will be responsible for the performance strategy and delivery within the programme.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming John back to England Rugby together with Louis, Charlie, Sarah, and Lou,” said executive director of performance rugby, Conor O’Shea.

“This will be a formidable coaching team to take the Red Roses to the next stage in their development. With our most recent Six Nations Grand Slam win and setting a global record crowd, a high bar has been set. I’m confident that this extensively experienced coaching team will be equally challenging and supportive of the team in the next stage of their development.”

“Horror draw” – England get pool of death in revised World Cup draw

The recently released World Rugby Rankings highlight the absurdity of the Pool Draw for the upcoming Rugby World Cup 2023, which was determined three years in advance and appears to be heavily skewed.

In response to criticism, World Rugby has announced that future pool draws for the Rugby World Cup will be conducted closer to the start of the tournament, as the current practice of relying on team rankings at the time of the draw is deemed unfair.

According to a report by the Mirror, World Rugby will make changes to the pool draw process for the 2027 edition.

“World Rugby said it is able to make the change because of a new ‘hosting model’ that sees the international federation create collaborations with the host union,” the report read.

“The top of the men’s Test game has never been more competitive,” the spokesperson added. “There has never been so much movement over a two-year period.


“Bearing that in mind and noting the format of four pools of five teams, there is arguably no perfect time for a draw.”

As a result, the guys over at Eggchasers Rugby put together their own drawer the 2023 tournament based on the current World Rugby rankings.

Concentrating on only the top 10 countries in the world, it looks significant.

It was very different with England handed a much sterner test in their pool. Watch the full video here.

POOL A actual draw:

  • France
  • New Zealand

POOL A up to date draw

  • France
  • Australia