Kirwan wants England job
November 25, 2011
Kirwan has held posts with Japan and Italy © Getty Images
Former Japan coach John Kirwan has thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant England job.
With the Rugby Football Union currently embroiled in the midst of controversy resulting from the three leaked reports, Rob Andrew has stated that "this is rock bottom. This is the lowest of the low." But Kirwan does not see the current state of play at the RFU as a deterrent. Instead the former All Blacks winger would relish the challenge presented by the post and, if given the opportunity, would look to unleash England's attacking potential.
"It would be an honour for me to coach the English side. I think it would be a fantastic job." Kirwan told The Guardian. "The team is really exciting. I'm a head coach but I specialise in attack and unleashing the England attack would be something really exciting."
Stuart Lancaster has been rumoured to be taking control of the England team through the 2012 Six Nations in a caretaker role, but Kirwan would be happy with taking on the post on a temporary basis with a view to a longer contract.
"There's always ups and downs," Kirwan said. "For me as the head coach you need to understand and have a working relationship with the people above you but the main job is to make sure everything is functioning underneath you and the team is performing to the best of its ability.
"I've worked at some interesting places like Italy - I understand the Six Nations and Italy had its challenges as well from that point of view. The buffer (between players and executives) is the head coach. What happens above me should not affect the players."
England's younger players largely came out of the leaked reports with their reputation intact and Kirwan has earmarked that as an area for optimism. "As a head coach I think the job would be very exciting because of the quality of the Premiership - I watch most games - and the team would be an exciting one. There are a few things that as a coach I look at and think: 'Yeah, there's challenges but it's certainly a challenge that excites me.'
"I don't want to criticise what's gone before me; I've lots of respect for Martin - winning the Six Nations last year they played some really good footie. But Chris Ashton, Ben Foden, Toby Flood - as an attack coach that sort of calibre of player really excites me."
"You could really unleash those guys. For me to move a team like that forward would be a really big challenge."
© ESPN EMEA Ltd
Toulon's Heineken Cup final victory over Clermont Auvergne may have ended a long title drought for the Top 14 club but two of their players are no strangers to success
We bring you our pick of the best pictures from around the world in the last seven days with the battle for Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup glory taking centre stage
"If you listen carefully you should be able to hear them mining the granite for the statue of a certain Jonny Wilkinson" Graham Jenkins reports from the Heineken Cup Final
Quade Cooper's defence is better than it was 12 months ago and Robbie Deans has erred in omitting him from the core Wallabies squad to play the Lions, Greg Growden writes