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Leading the red rose

John GriffithsJuly 23, 2014
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It would be interesting to see a summary of the Test records for all of England's head coaches? Peter Clark, England

Don White, the former Northampton and England flanker, was the first officially appointed England national team coach. His first game in charge was the December 1969 meeting with South Africa at Twickenham where England won 11-8 - their first-ever victory over the Springboks.

Only three England lead-coaches have overseen Test wins against all three of the Tri-Nations - John Elders in the early 1970s, Geoff Cooke during the Will Carling era and Sir Clive Woodward on his way to steering the side to the 2003 Rugby World Cup triumph.

England Coaching Test Records (Tests only)
Lead coach Dates Played Won Drawn Lost Success Rate
Don White 1969-71 11 3 1 7 32%
John Elders 1972-74 16 6 1 9 41%
John Burgess 1975 6 1 0 5 17%
Peter Colston 1976-79 18 6 1 11 36%
Mike Davis 1979-82 16 10 2 4 69%
Dick Greenwood 1983-85 17 4 2 11 29%
Martin Green 1985-87 14 5 0 9 36%
Geoff Cooke 1987-94 49 35 1 13 72%
Jack Rowell 1994-97 29 21 0 8 72%
Clive Woodward 1997-2004 83 59 2 22 72%
Andy Robinson 2004-06 22 9 0 13 41%
Brian Ashton 2007-08 22 12 0 10 55%
Rob Andrew* 2008 2 0 0 2 0%
Martin Johnson 2008-11 38 21 1 16 57%
Stuart Lancaster 2012- 30 18 1 11 62%

* Andrew acted as caretaker coach for the two Tests in New Zealand in 2008 at the start of Martin Johnson's tenure.

John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.

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