Richard Gartside and Alex Carnegie-Brown have been appointed Head Coaches of the respective new England Men’s and Women’s Under 23/Universities squads.
The creation of the Universities/U23 Squad aims to bridge the gap of development of players through the transition between U19 and senior performance squads. The squad will also provide an opportunity for late developers and talented universities athletes to experience a performance programme and gain experience in competitive, high-level environments.
The 2017/18 Universities/U23 Squad will culminate with a tour and test series in Japan in June 2018.
Richard Gartside was previously Head Coach of the England Boys Under 19s at the 2012 World Championships, earning a 4th place finish, as well as Head Coach of the Development squad from 2014-2016 and England Universities in 2015 & 2017.
In addition, Gartside also has previous international playing experience in World and European Championships.
“I’m honoured and delighted to be involved in the National squads programme again.
“The U23s will provide an important link between the U19s and the senior squad as well as helping to tap into the massive growth of the game at university level”.
For the Women’s Under 23s, Alex Carnegie Brown will take up the Head Coach role off the back of a successful summer as Assistant Coach of the bronze-medal-winning Women’s Senior squad at the 2017 Rathbones World Cup.
Carnegie-Brown also has international experience as Assistant Coach of the U19 girls in 2015, again winning bronze at the U19 World Championships and GK Coach again for the seniors at the 2012 European Championships.
Details of the selection processes for the Men’s and Women’s squads will be announced shortly.
The squads are now also looking for Assistant Coaches to support the training and development of the teams.
Find out more about applying for the Assistant Coach positions HERE