Rowntree set to join Quins

Date published: April 22 2016

Former England forwards coach, Graham Rowntree, is set to join Premiership side Harlequins next season, as one of the assistant coaches.

The 45-year-old former Leicester Tigers prop was in charge of the England pack between 2007 and 2015 before he was released by incoming head coach, Eddie Jones.

He was also an instrumental figure on the British and Irish Lions coaching staff during their triumphant tour of Australia in 2013.

Former All Black hooker, Sean Fitzpatrick, and current Quins board member heads up the panel that are tasked with appointing coaches following the departure of Connor O'Shea, who will be taking the reins as Italy's head coach at the end of the season.

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been linked with a few coaching roles, including the Quins top coaching spot, the 46-year-old has however welcomed the notion of coaching in the Southern Hemisphere.

A number of decorated coaches – which include Wayne Smith, Heyneke Meyer and Gregor Townsend – are also tipped for the head coaching position at The Stoop with current head coach John Kingston set to be promoted to the director of rugby role.

Rowntree's forthcoming appointment will leave Lancaster as the only member of the former England coaching staff yet to fulfill a role.