England Women have appointed Louis Deacon as forwards coach with immediate effect.
Former England and Leicester Tigers lock-turned-coach Deacon will have responsibility for the forwards division. He takes over from Mark Luffman, who held the role on an interim-basis following the departure of Richard Blaze to Wasps last year.
Deacon joins the Red Roses from Coventry RFC where he has been forwards coach since the 2017/18 season.
He takes his place in the Red Roses’ coaching set up alongside head coach Simon Middleton, backs coach Scott Bemand and Amy Turner, England’s nominated coach for World Rugby’s coaching internship programme. Prior to his stint with Coventry RFC Deacon had coaching roles with England men’s U20s, the Spanish national team and in the Leicester Tigers community department.
In his playing career Deacon won 29 caps for England and was involved in Rugby World Cup 2011. He is a six-time Premiership winner and two-time European Cup winner with Leicester Tigers having made 274 appearances for the club.