England are looking for a new assistant coach four months out from the World Cup after James Lowes stepped down from the role to become head coach of rugby union club Leeds Carnegie.
Lowes, 43, a former Great Britain hooker, has also quit his job as assistant to Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott to take up a two-year contract with the Headingley-based Championship club, where he succeeds Diccon Edwards.
“I am extremely excited about the possibilities to achieve something special as a group here at Leeds Carnegie,” Lowes said.
“Having been around the squad last year, I can see the potential to kick on this season and achieve our goal of returning to the Aviva Premiership.
“I have always enjoyed rugby union, both as a player and a coach, and I believe we have the ingredients within this group to move forward from the achievements of last season.”
Lowes, who was a Grand-Final winner with Bradford after stints at Hunslet and Leeds, had a spell in rugby union with West Park Leeds towards the end of his career.