FORMER Worcester Warriors academy player Charlie Hayter has been appointed England women's sevens head coach.

The 30-year-old will take over from James Bailey who will leave 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 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 represented England in 30 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series rounds over five years, scoring 32 tries and 166 points.

Hayter was involved in the World Series victories in Tokyo, Cape Town and Vancouver and was also chosen as a reserve for the Great Britain squad at the Rio Olympic Games.

Outside of sevens Hayter had a long rugby career.

He captained the first XV at Warwick School, played for Nottingham while at university and also had spells with Worcester's academy until 2012, Wasps, Moseley, Stourbridge and London Scottish prior to moving over to the short-form version of the game.

Hayter said: “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.

“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.”