London Irish Director of Rugby Brian Smith will leave the Reading based club to join the senior England coaching team as Attack Coach.
Smith, who has been with London Irish for the past three seasons, led the Exiles to a Heineken Cup semi-final last season narrowly losing out to Toulouse at Twickenham. The former Ireland international will join Martin Johnson, Mike Ford (Defence) and John Wells (Forwards) as part of the England set up.
Confirming the move Smith said: "The opportunity to coach at international level comes along rarely in one's career so I'm looking forward to my new position with England. It's an exciting time to be involved.
I've enjoyed working with the playing and coaching staff and would like to thank all at the club, especially its exceptional supporters, for all the encouragement I've received" he added.
London Irish will now be looking for a new Head Coach to lead them into their Pool 1 in the European Challenge Cup campaign against Connacht, Dax and Rugby Rovigo.
The directors of ERC voted unanimously at a Board meeting to postpone all decisions including the release of further instalments of ERC's distributable central revenues to the six shareholder countries until 19 February next when the Board will meet again to reconsider the issue.