England wants end to NZ coaching dominance

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    04 Apr 2018     Getty Images

The Rugby Paper highlighted that there were 65 top coaching jobs available around the rugby world: 10 tier-one Test coaching jobs, 15 Investec Super Rugby positions, 14 in France's Top 14, 14 in Pro14 and 12 in England's Premiership.

New Zealanders accounted for 31 percent as opposed to Englishmen with 9.5 percent.

Southern Hemisphere coaches had 58 percent of the positions available with 19 Southern Hemisphere coaches making up 41 percent of the Northern Hemisphere jobs available.

There were no Northern Hemisphere coaches in top jobs in the Southern Hemisphere.

British and Irish coaches in top jobs were: Ireland (7), England (6), Wales (2), Scotland (1).

The position had been exacerbated by Hurricanes' coach Chris Boyd joining Northampton after Super Rugby ends this year and South African coach Alan Solomons joining Worcester. Former Ireland coach Declan Kidney will take up the coaching role at London Irish.

The Rugby Football Union's (RFU) professional rugby director, former British & Irish Lion and England halfback, Nigel Melville said the RFU didn't want to control who Premiership clubs signed as coaches, but they did want to make sure the next generation of home grown coaches were considered for roles.

"The way to do that is to make sure you've got an array of coaches below director of rugby level who are working in the Premiership and developing – then hopefully they will be given opportunities," he said.

There were coaches below the top level getting experience on coaching teams around Europe and Melville was hopeful their exposure would result in more Englishmen getting top jobs.

Meanwhile, The Rugby Paper has revealed that another New Zealander, Wayne Pivac, is in talks with Wales about succeeding Warren Gatland.

He has had one interview and will have another before the Wales Rugby Union make their announcement over the summer. Former Chiefs coach Dave Rennie is also believed to be having a second interview.

But it is believed Pivac's success with Llanelli reaching the Champions Cup semifinals has given his prospects a boost. Were Llanelli to beat Leinster it would be the first time a Welsh club had reached the final.