Toby Booth is in the top rank of England's young coaches and is rapidly earning a reputation as one of the most innovative coaches of his generation. Over the past four seasons his work with the London Irish forwards received universal acclaim not just in this country but also in Europe. He also was forwards coach of the England Saxons team that successfully defended the Barclays Churchill Cup in June 2008. When London Irish received its first England Academy Licence from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in 2002 Toby joined the club as assistant Academy Manager. He played a key role in setting up the new organisation and was responsible for the recruitment and development of the initial intake of players, many of whom have now graduated to full time status with the club. From 2003 he had increasing involvement with the Exiles' senior squad, eventually taking on responsibility for the scrum and lineout in 2004. He was appointed Forwards Coach in June 2005 and since then the London Irish pack has consistently been among the most effective in the Guinness Premiership. Toby was appointed Head Coach in July 2008. London Irish went on to experience one of its most successful seasons since the start of the professional era, finishing third in the table and qualifying for the final of the Guinness Premiership where the team lost by a point to Leicester Tigers. Toby is a graduate of Saint Mary's College, Twickenham and has completed Level Four of the Rugby Football Union's Elite Specialist Coaching Award to supplement his Premiership experience. Booth comes from Folkstone in Kent and learned his rugby at Folkstone and Blackheath Rugby Clubs. He has coached England Students, Universities, Under 21 and Saxons teams.
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