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Marsden appointed as England U18s consultant coach

Sean Marsden has been appointed consultant coach at England U18s as the RFU confirmed its new coaching appointments on Monday morning.

Marsden joins fellow consultant coaches Mark Luffman and former Bristol back rower Jonathan Fisher, while the U18s are led by pathway performance coaches Jim Mallinder and Steve Bates.

The Academy backs and transition coach will join the set-up for this week’s U18 development camp (23-26th), before next year's fixtures.

His role will run alongside his current club duties and is a continuation of the work being done by England Rugby to develop coaches.

Each season, three new U20 appointments are made as part of the coach development agreement between England Rugby and Premiership Rugby.

“The chance for me to grow as a coach and work with the best young players in the country is something I’m really excited about."

Sean Marsden, academy backs & transition

Marsden said: “It’s a privilege to be asked to take on this role and an opportunity that I’m relishing.

“I’ll be assisting Jim [Mallinder] and Steve [Bates] in helping to develop players in the pathway and it’s such a fantastic environment to be a part of.

“The chance for me to grow as a coach and work with the best young players in the country is something I’m really excited about.

“The backing of head coach Pat Lam and Academy Manager Mike Hall at Bristol Bears has been tremendous. I’m looking forward to getting started at the first camp this week.”

England U18s men have confirmed home fixtures against Scotland and France in March ahead of April’s Six Nations Festival.

The side will face Scotland at Billingham RUFC on Sunday 17 March (KO 2pm GMT) and France a week later at Cheshunt RFC (KO 2pm GMT).