Former England flanker and 2003 World Cup winner Richard Hill MBE has been appointed by the RFU as Player Pathway Liaison Manager.
The consultancy position will see Hill play a key role with England's international performance coaches to help identify, mentor and develop young players, between the ages of 15-19.
He will also liaise between the RFU's rugby executive staff and key external stakeholders of the governing body.
This will include working with rugby clubs, regional academies, other unions, county representatives, government sporting agencies, players, their families, schools and other educational establishments.
"I am delighted to take up this position in what is an exciting time for England rugby," said Hill.
"The player pathway is a crucial part to ensuring England's long-term success at the highest level. Over my playing and coaching career I have enjoyed working with and mentoring younger players. As a proud Englishman I look forward to continuing this at the RFU as we look past next year's home World Cup to 2019 and beyond."