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."
Conor O'Shea will lead his side to matches against Fiji and Australia
30 March 2017, 2:36pm
After a disappointing RBS 6 Nations campaign for the Azzurri - losing all five of their Championship matches and picking up their 12th Wooden Spoon - they will be licking their wounds ahead of their summer tour Down Under.
The 2017 RBS 6 Nations was watched by record numbers of fans
29 March 2017, 12:25pm
After an enthralling RBS 6 Nations Championship of twists, turns, and no small amount of drama on the last day, figures show the RBS 6 Nations is going from strength to strength, year on year, with no sign of slowing down.