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On this day in 2007, Brian Ashton was reappointed as England’s head coach after an in-depth review into the state of the national team.
There was speculation that Ashton would lose his job after England lost to the Springboks in the World Cup final in France earlier that year.
However, he was let off the hook when Rob Andrew’s recommendation to retain England’s core coaching team from the global tournament was approved by the Rugby Football Union’s management board.
“I’m delighted that Brian and his coaching team will remain with England – and like them, I’m looking forward to what will be a challenging international year in 2008,” said Andrew.
Within days of England losing the World Cup final to South Africa, it appeared as if Ashton’s time as head coach was up.
The RFU was not willing to back its man until Andrew, the elite rugby director, had conducted his post-tournament review.
He did not stay in the job much longer, though, and left in April 2008 shortly after England finished second behind Wales in the Six Nations, with former captain Martin Johnson taking charge of the team.
Ashton, now 75, held several low profile coaching roles after his exit but did not work at the top level again.
In other news, current England prop Ellis Genge turned down the prospect of earning more money at Leicester Tigers to return to his home-town club, Bristol Bears, next season, according to Bristol’s director of rugby Pat Lam.
Genge, who has captained Leicester during their unbeaten run to the top of the Premiership table this season, caught the Tigers by surprise by declining to activate an extra year on his contract.
Instead, he is heading to Bristol where he launched his professional career in 2013 and to unite with fellow England prop Kyle Sinckler as part of a formidable front-row.
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