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Stuart Lancaster happy with new-look England coaching team

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has revealed his delight at the addition of Rob Baxter and Paul Gustard for the tour of Argentina.

The Exeter head coach and Saracens defensive chief will join Lancaster and Mike Catt for the two-test tour, with the duo replacing Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell whilst they are away in Australia with the British & Irish Lions.

Lancaster believes the test matches against the Pumas could be ‘hugely significant’, with the red rose looking to bounce back after an embarrassing defeat to Wales in the Six Nations decider at the Millennium Stadium.

"We are delighted to have two quality coaches who have come through the English system for what will be a hugely significant tour for us," said Lancaster, according to The Independent.

"It was important that we found two coaches who could mirror the skill set of Graham and Andy while they are away and come in and keep developing the players within our system.

"Paul, having worked together with Andy at Saracens, already has a good understanding of how we operate and Rob, who has done a great job in developing a very competitive Exeter pack, will pick up the set piece and breakdown.

"Both will work alongside Mike Catt as part of our integrated coaching team and we are looking forward to them joining us after their club commitments finish on what is an important tour in our development as a team."

Baxter was named Aviva Premiership coach of the year last season, and will join-up with the squad ahead of the pre-tour match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on May 26th.

Gustard, meanwhile, will join when his Sarries commitments are concluded at the end of the season. If they make the Premiership or Heineken Cup final, then his first involvement is likely to be on the plane to South America.

The details surrounding England’s other two matches whilst on tour are yet to be finalised.

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