Ryan calls it a day as England Sevens coach

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Ben Ryan is to stand down as England Sevens head coach after six years in charge.

Ryan led the side at 56 HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments, winning five titles and steering England to third at this year’s World Cup.

The 41-year-old will help the RFU find his successor during the build-up to the HSBC Sevens World Series, which begins in Australia in October.

England will also need a new assistant coach as Russell Earnshaw is leaving to take up a teaching career.

“I’ve loved working as England Sevens head coach and enjoyed every minute in a time of dramatic change for the sport and the squad,” Ryan told the official RFU website. “In 2007 I met one player for the first time at the airport heading for a 
tournament; six years later we have a full-time England squad operating to the highest professional standards.

“We’ve been the leading northern hemisphere side throughout that period and we’ve recorded some great tournament victories as well as reaching a World Cup final for the first time in 20 years.

“As a coach your goal is always to leave something in better shape to pass on to the next 
generation and I believe that’s been achieved.”

England coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Ben’s made a major impact on and off the field 
in developing our sevens 
programme.

“He’s a first-class coach who I’m sure will go on to achieve more great things.”