- Hayter appointed England Women Sevens head coach
- Will take over from the departing James Bailey
- Women's squad named for Biarritz 7s - read
Charlie Hayter has been appointed England Women Sevens head coach, taking over from James Bailey, who leaves the role at the end of the 2018/19 season for a position outside the RFU.
Hayter, who has been with England Sevens since 2014, is promoted from player coach where this season he has been working with head coaches Simon Amor and Bailey across the men’s and women’s programmes, with a focus on contact and scrums.
Bath-born Hayter is a seasoned sevens figure, having made his debut at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. He went on to represent England in 30 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series rounds over five years, scoring 32 tries and 166 points. He was involved in the World Series victories in Tokyo, Cape Town and Vancouver. He was also chosen as a reserve for the Great Britain squad at the Rio Olympic Games.
“Having had the opportunity this year to be a player coach within the England Sevens programme and work alongside James with the women’s squad, I have greatly valued the coaching experience, learning a lot from him in this time," said Hayter.
“James has done an impressive job building the squad over the past three years. I hope to be able to continue the work he has started and further grow and develop the programme.
“I’ve been impressed with the way the group has come together this year. The potential these players are showing is really exciting. It’s a young group with some incredible talent. While this year has been tricky for me with injury, the opportunity I’ve had from a coaching perspective has proved a new challenge and I can’t wait to take up the reins as head coach going into the 2019/20 season.”
Outside of the sevens format, Hayter boasts an experienced rugby career. He captained Warwick School first XV, played for Nottingham RFC while at university and also had spells with Worcester Warriors Academy, Wasps, Moseley, Stourbridge and London Scottish.
Speaking about his departure James Bailey said: “The three seasons I’ve been coaching the women has been an absolute privilege and magical time for me. They are such a great group of players. I’m extremely fortunate and proud to have played sevens for England and coached the team – the England Sevens programme means a huge amount to me.
“It’s been an incredible journey with some great highs including Rugby World Cup Sevens qualification and the bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. I’ve also been grateful for the opportunity to have a small influence on the players on their journey in sevens. While I am sad to leave, I'm ready to take on a different rugby role that will present an exciting new challenge for me.”
Head of England Sevens Simon Amor added: “I’d like to thank James for all his work for the England Sevens programme over the past three years. He’s done a great job, leading it through a period of significant transition and has laid strong foundations from which to build.
“James is handing over a young, talented group of players who are constantly looking to improve as a squad. We will miss him but know he has an exciting new challenge ahead and wish him all the best in his next rugby venture.”
Speaking on the appointment of Hayter, Amor continued: "I’m delighted that Charlie is going to be joining the sevens programme in a pure coaching role next season. He’s been unlucky this year with injury but that’s allowed him to really focus on his coaching.
“He has a real passion for helping others improve, has a great understanding of the game and I’ve been impressed with just how quickly he has crafted his approach and developed his coaching over the course of this season.
“Charlie will be stepping up at an exciting time for women’s sevens with the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series expanding and becoming increasingly competitive. I am confident that in Charlie we have a talented young coach who with James Rodwell and our men’s and women’s academy coach, John Brake, will help continue developing the England Sevens programme as we drive for sustained success."