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Kirwan wants short-term England role

Kirwan wants short-term England role
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John Kirwan says that he wouldn't think twice about taking the England coaching job if the RFU offered it to him on an interim basis.

Former Italy and Japan coach John Kirwan has revealed that he would be 'excited' to take the helm at England on an interim basis.

The 48-year-old admitted that he would be willing to take the national side to the Six Nations, with a potential permanent deal in the pipeline.

"If the phone rings I will say yes," said Kirwin. "It would really excite me. I'm a head coach but also an attack coach and this England side excites me. I would be available on a short-term situation.

"England playing in the Six Nations? I'm a young coach so it doesn't get much more exciting than that. However, you need complete support from the RFU. They might say 'we want to employ an English coach in six months' time'. That's fine as long as that's made very clear and my job is to have progression, with the possibility of a role for me in the end.

"If someone said to me 'John, next week you've got Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Toby Flood at your disposal in the Six Nations', I'd say 'beautiful'."

One of the candidates for the vacant coaching role at England, Nick Mallet, has ruled himself out of the running for the time being.

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