Street, 39, takes over the Head Coach role from Geoff Richards who stepped down last month. Street will be taking control of an England team who are the reigning RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam champions and 2006 Rugby World Cup finalists.
“After a vigorous and wide ranging recruitment process it has been decided to appoint Gary Street as Acting Head Coach for a six month period,” said Rosie Williams, Managing Director of the RFUW. “The Board have full confidence in Gary and his skills and we congratulate him on his appointment.”
Street, who is from Birmingham originally but now lives in Twickenham with his wife Helen and son Ben, has been playing rugby for 28 years, formerly running out for Moseley, Aston Old Edwardians, Greater Birmingham and North Midlands.
The former scrum-half has also coached Aston Old Edwardians, Greater Birmingham and Birmingham University before taking up a coaching role with the RFUW. Since joining Street has taken charge of the RFUW’s successful academy which has produced current England internationals such as Danielle Waterman and Rachel Burford. He also coached England Under 18, Under 19s and Students before last season taking up the role of England Assistant Coach for the first XV.
Street, also an IRB Course Director on the Emerging Nations Programme, said: “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and something I have aspired to achieve for the past ten years.
“I am very much looking forward to putting my ideas to work ahead of another exciting season as we continue the building process to the 2010 Rugby World Cup, starting with our first England camp of the season next month at RAF Halton.”
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