England women’s forward coach Matt Ferguson will join Northampton Saints from the 2018/19 season as assistant coach.
Since joining the women’s set-up in 2015, Ferguson has helped guide the Red Roses to the top of the World Rugby rankings, beat the Silver Ferns on home soil and reach the World Cup final in Ireland last year.
The 39-year-old has also spent time with Cardiff Blues, Bristol Rugby and London Welsh between two stints with the women's side.
Ferguson has also spent the last year as a scrum consultant with London Irish, working alongside new Saints signing and All Black tighthead Owen Franks.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at London Irish this season and with England Women over the past three years. While I will be sad to leave such great groups of players and management, this is a really exciting opportunity for me to work for one of the biggest clubs in English rugby and learn from one of the most well-respected coaches in the world in Chris Boyd,” said Ferguson.
“I’m honoured to be given the chance here, and I’m really looking forward to teaming up with such a talented group of players already at Saints.”
RFU Head of Performance (Women) Nicola Ponsford said: “Matt is a talented and experienced coach and has served the Red Roses well over the past three years. He has played an important part in the further development of the women’s programme in England. This appointment is testament to Matt’s quality and ability as a coach and we wish him all the best in his new role.”
Saints Director of Rugby Chris Boyd added: “Matt showed himself to be the standout candidate during our search. I was not only impressed by his experience but also his superb attitude and meticulous level of preparation – I am sure he will be a great fit here.”
A replacement for Ferguson in the England Women’s coaching team will be announced in due course.
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