Kirwan would relish Six Nations job

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John Kirwan would be willing to manage England on an interim basis with the ultimate ambition of securing a role when the permanent coaching team is finalised.

The Rugby Football Union are looking to appoint a temporary successor to Martin Johnson with the brief of overseeing the RBS 6 Nations. Brian Ashton and Stuart Lancaster are among the names linked with the role but 46-year-old New Zealander Kirwan, who has coached Italy and Japan, has revealed he would love to work with England's current pool of talent.

"If the phone rings I will say yes. It would really excite me," said Kirwan. "I'm a head coach but also an attack coach and this England side excites me. I would be available on a short-term situation."

He added: "England playing in the Six Nations? I'm a young coach so it doesn't get much more exciting than that.

"However, you need complete support from the RFU. They might say 'we want to employ an English coach in six months' time'.

"That's fine as long as that's made very clear and my job is to have progression, with the possibility of a role for me in the end.

"If someone said to me 'John, next week you've got Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Toby Flood at your disposal in the Six Nations', I'd say 'beautiful'."

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