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Lawrence Dallaglio: England need home-grown coaches alongside Eddie Jones

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England should forge a formidable backroom team by appointing not one but three head coaches, according to Lawrence Dallaglio.

On the eve of Eddie Jones officially taking office, Dallaglio believes England should raid the Aviva Premiership to install two home-grown sidekicks to work on a par with the new boss.

New head coach Jones officially starts work on Tuesday, with Dallaglio calling on the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to build its future "succession plan" now.

World Cup winner Dallaglio insists that means recruiting experienced English club bosses like Exeter's Rob Baxter or Northampton's Jim Mallinder to Jones' backroom staff.

"There's nothing wrong with having two or three head coaches working together, of which Eddie Jones is obviously the leader of that group," Dallaglio told Press Association Sport.

"I'm sure there are plenty of ideas about who might work with the team, but I also think we need to invest in some number ones.

"If Eddie Jones had two directors of rugby from Premiership clubs sat alongside him, working with him, I think that would be a pretty good start.

"What's pretty clear is that England need to over-invest in their coaching set-up, because they haven't really had a succession plan for the last 12 years.

"That may involve actually bringing in and investing in some of the top Premiership coaches now, and allowing those guys to sit alongside Eddie Jones for the next four years.

"Obviously there would be a lot of clubs saying they don't want to lose their director of rugby.

"So the likes of Rob Baxter at Exeter, Dean Ryan at Worcester or Jim Mallinder at Northampton, whoever they might be, they don't want to lose their director of rugby and I understand that.

"But at the end of the day the success of the national team should be paramount, because everything ladders down from that."

Jones will get to work at Twickenham on Tuesday, immediately faced with sifting through the rubble of England's abject World Cup failure.

The former Australia and Japan boss must first decide the futures of assistant coaches Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt, before even weighing up his squad selection options.

Jones has been given carte blanche to compose a backroom team of his choosing, with English bosses hanging the expense in a bid to move on from their World Cup failure.

Stuart Lancaster paid the price for England becoming the worst-performing host nation in tournament history, with the net result the RFU installing its first foreign coach.

Dallaglio believes England have failed to guide coaching talent through the ranks ever since the 2003 World Cup triumph.

Now the 88-cap number eight hopes English bosses will finally address what he considers a glaring shortcoming.

"The England coaching job is the top job in English rugby, and unfortunately for the last 12 years we've not really viewed it as such," said Dallaglio, speaking as a Land Rover ambassador.

"The selection process is decided on this instance to go for experience. I don't think anyone is arguing that Eddie Jones is not a very good coach for the England job.

"But once the RFU narrowed down the criteria to someone with international experience it was pretty obvious it was going to come down to about eight or nine men.

"When you go through each one of them, most in heavy, well locked-down contracts, it probably became a straight fight between Jake White and Eddie Jones.

"Hopefully in four years' time it wouldn't be a similar process, because succession planning is probably a better way of doing it."

:: Lawrence Dallaglio is a Land Rover ambassador. Land Rover continues its 'We Deal In Real' campaign through Premiership Rugby. Follow @LandRover_UK #WeDealInReal

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