Alex Corbisiero and Shaun Perry join RFU as part-time coaches

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British & Irish Lions prop Alex Corbisiero and ex-England scrum-half Shaun Perry will provide their expertise to the next generation of internationals after joining the Rugby Football Union.

The duo have been appointed as part-time positional coaches with Corbisiero and Perry working with the age-grade teams.

Corbisiero is currently taking a break from the game after an injury-plagued few years and he will focus on the scrum and front-row while Perry, who won 14 England caps, will work with the promising No.9s.

They will link up with World Cup-winner Richard Hill, who holds a player mentor role at the RFU, and will work alongside John Fletcher, Peter Walton, Russell Earnshaw and Rory Teague.

Joe Lydon, head of international player development, said: "The focus is on creating a player-centred learning environment and U18 Head Coach John Fletcher played a key part in bringing about their involvement.

"He is constantly looking at how we can add value for the players and accelerate their development."

Corbisiero will hope to have the same impact on the next generation that Neil Hatley and Graham Rowntree did for him while Perry described the role as a "privilege".

"It is great to be back in the elite environment and I think the England age grade setup is outstanding," said Perry. "I've been impressed with the skill level of the players and the energy that they bring - there is a good buzz. I enjoy being able to support their learning and hopefully my input can make a difference in some way. It is a privilege to be involved."