Andy Farrell in actino for England against Ireland in the RBS 6 Nations
Former England centre Andy Farrell has called on Martin Johnson to be given some time to learn his trade in the Twickenham hotseat.
In his first role as a rugby coach, Johnson's record of just eight wins in 19 games is far from impressive but Farrell - who is also making his first foray into coaching with both Saracens and the England Saxons - says supporters' patience will be rewarded.
He said: "Martin Johnson has got a massive aura about him and I am sure he will have a good summer tour because of what he has learnt so far.
"He has already admitted that he has made mistakes and that he is learning as it goes along and I am sure he will continue to improve and the side will too.
"He is only going to get better as a team manager and I think people will look back on him in the future as an excellent team manager.
"He was always going to be learning as he went along, but there will be a time when you will see the rewards of that and I think we will see some strong performances this summer."
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.