Cornish Pirate Ian Davies accepts invitation from RFU
Cornish Pirates head coach Ian Davies will assist a Rugby Football Union Championship XV in a prestige fixture against the Maori All Blacks in November.
Davies has accepted the role of assistant coach, working alongside head coach Mike Rayer and fellow assistant Diccon Edwards for the game at Doncaster Knights' Castle Park on November 17.
The fixture is the first of its kind in RFU Championship history and will see an entirely English-qualified squad take to the field against the All Blacks.
Bristol Rugby head coach Liam Middleton was announced as an assistant coach for the Championship XV earlier this month, but has decided to withdraw from the position for family reasons.
Following his appointment, Davies said: "It is both an honour and a privilege to have been asked to be part of the Championship XV coaching team.
"To work with Mike and Diccon is exciting as both are very attack-minded in their philosophy on how rugby should be played.
"Personally, I am very ambitious, striving to coach at the highest level that I can achieve, and this fixture represents a fantastic opportunity to test my coaching abilities. But, more importantly, it is a wonderful chance for the players to demonstrate the high level of rugby skill that is on show week in, week out within the RFU Championship.
"I don't think it is just a coincidence that a large percentage of the EPS [elite] squad have their roots in the RFU Championship and it will be interesting to see how many of this Championship XV make the step up in the next 12 to 24 months."