Saracens defence and forwards coach Paul Gustard is facing a busy end to his season after being named along with Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter as members of Stuart Lancaster's England coaching team.
Gustard already has a Heineken Cup quarter-final clash with Ulster Rugby at Twickenham Stadium to look forward to next week and his team are also five points clear at the top of the Aviva Premiership.
Now, he and Baxter, who led the Chiefs into the Heineken Cup for the first time this season, have an England XV game against the Barbarians to add to their work load followed by a tour to Argentina in June.
Baxter will replace Graham Rowntree and Gustard will deputise for Andy Farrell while both coaches are away working with the British & Irish Lions in Hong Kong and Australia.
"It's obviously a great honour to be asked to assist in the preparation of the England squad. I am grateful to Saracens for giving me the opportunity to continue my development as a coach at national level," said Gustard, who played with Farrell at Saracens.
If Saracens reach the Aviva Premiership final on 25 May then Gustard will miss the England XV game against the Barbarians the following day and will link up with the squad for the trip to Argentina.
As for Baxter, named Premiership coach of the year last season, it is recognition for the work he has put in at the Chiefs in taking them from the Championship into the Heineken Cup. His club target for the remainder of the season is to clinch a high enough finish to earn Heineken Cup status once again.
"I see this as a fantastic opportunity for me to do what we keep saying to the players here at the club, which is to keep learning; keep doing better and experience new things. This is a great chance for me to experience something different, learn from other coaches and work with some different players," said Baxter.
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