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Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton to step down from role after Six Nations

The RFU have announced that the England women’s head coach Simon Middleton will step down at the end of the 2023 TikTok Women’s Six Nations.

The 57-year-old guided England to two Rugby World Cup finals in 2017 and 2022, and oversaw a 30-match winning run, having joined in 2015.

Speaking to the England Rugby website, Middleton said he would look back on his time in the role with pride.

“Representing England in a coaching or playing capacity must be the pinnacle of any sporting career, and I can’t put into words how proud and fortunate I’ve been to be able to do this for the last nine years,” said Middleton.

“During this tenure, I have worked with incredible players and staff and I will miss the daily interactions. I would like to say a huge thank you for their efforts and everything they have done to support the programme and contribute to our success.”

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Middleton remains committed to the role for now though, with plans of a successful Six Nations before he takes his leave.

“Now our attentions turn to being able to perform as well as we can with the goal of winning the Six Nations. It’s a really exciting tournament, culminating in a match against France at Twickenham in front of a huge crowd which will be an inspiring and incredible occasion for everyone. It’s a crucial tournament in the build-up to 2025 and I cannot wait to be back with the group.”

The Red Roses begin their Six Nations campaign at home to Scotland on March 25.

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