Former England and Bath Coach Rowell Is Dead

Former England and Bath head coach Jack Rowell has died at the age of 87.

Rowell took charge of England from 1994 to 1997, winning 21 of his 29 Tests.

They won the Five Nations Grand Slam in 1995 and 1996 and reached the World Cup semi-final in 1995.

"We are saddened to hear the passing of Jack Rowell and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends," said England head coach Steve Borthwick.

"As a player at Bath, I had the privilege of working with him when he was director of rugby.

"He left a huge impression on me, not only as someone with incredible rugby knowledge, but also a fantastic man.

"His contribution to English rugby was enormous, and he will be sorely missed."

Rowell took charge of England after winning five Premiership titles in 16 years as Bath coach.

He returned to the Recreation Ground as director of rugby in 2002.

A Bath statement read: "It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of former Bath Rugby head coach and club president Jack Rowell on Monday 1 July.

"Jack Rowell, all 6ft 7in of him, was a towering figure in the history of Bath and English rugby, a unique character who will never be equalled for his extraordinary achievements as a visionary, astute strategist and inspirational coach.

"From his arrival in the summer of 1978 to his departure at the end of yet another trophy-laden season in 1994 to coach England, Jack had set about creating and sustaining an unstoppable force in domestic rugby.

"On behalf of everyone at Bath Rugby, we extend our deepest condolences to Jack's family and loved ones during this difficult time. Rest in peace, Jack."

Bath head of rugby Johann van Graan said: "He is a true legend of Bath Rugby whose achievements here will never be forgotten by everyone associated with the club.

"Fans of the blue, black and white will feel his loss most of all as an exceptional leader and visionary coach, but he also proudly dedicated his services to the England team and will, therefore, be fondly remembered by many across the game.

"My condolences go to his family and friends at this very sad time."