England Women’s forwards coach Matt Ferguson is to join Northampton Saints from the 2018/19 season as assistant coach.
Since Ferguson’s appointment in May 2015 he has headed up the forwards division for the England Women’s team in which time has seen the side top the world rankings, reach last year’s Women’s Rugby World Cup final, as well as beat New Zealand on their own soil in Rotorua.
After initially working with the Red Roses as a forwards coach from 2009 to 2011, Ferguson moved on to stints in the men’s game at Cardiff Blues, Bristol Rugby and London Welsh before returning to Twickenham in 2015 to sculpt a dominant set piece and driving maul for England’s women. The 39-year-old has also spent the last 12 months working as a scrum consultant with London Irish.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at London Irish this season and with England Women over the past three years. While I will be sad to leave such great groups of players and management, this is a really exciting opportunity for me to work for one of the biggest clubs in English rugby and learn from one of the most well-respected coaches in the world in Chris Boyd,” said Ferguson.
“I’m honoured to be given the chance here, and I’m really looking forward to teaming up with such a talented group of players already at Saints.”
RFU Head of Performance (Women) Nicola Ponsford said: “Matt is a talented and experienced coach and has served the Red Roses well over the past three years. He has played an important part in the further development of the women’s programme in England. This appointment is testament to Matt’s quality and ability as a coach and we wish him all the best in his new role.”
Saints director of rugby Chris Boyd added: “Matt showed himself to be the standout candidate during our search. I was not only impressed by his experience but also his superb attitude and meticulous level of preparation – I am sure he will be a great fit here.”
A replacement for Ferguson in the England Women’s coaching team will be announced in due course.
Courtesy of the RFU