Tuesday 6 December 2016

England head coach Eddie Jones sacks Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt

Steve James

Published 13/12/2015 | 12:10

Andy Farrell
Andy Farrell

All three of the assistant coaches remaining from Stuart Lancaster’s regime — Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt — have been sacked by England’s new head coach, Eddie Jones.

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It is understood that Jones informed them on Friday that their services were no longer required.

Rowntree will be replaced by former England lock Steve Borthwick once the legal details of his departure from Bristol have been finalised.

And Saracens’ defence coach Paul Gustard, who has been responsible for the club becoming the best defensive side in the country and was first encouraged to coach by Jones while he was at Saracens, will replace Farrell.

As for a replacement for Catt, Jones himself is known to be keen to take charge of the attack coaching of his new side, but he is still understood to be seeking a backs and skills coach.

Jones will also probably seek to employ a scrummaging coach, a role that Rowntree — who has been England’s forwards coach since 2008, during which time he also worked with the British and Irish Lions on tours to South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013 — undertook as well as the wider forwards job.

Borthwick’s forte is not the scrummage and when he worked alongside Jones with Japan, the Australian used Marc Dal Maso as his scrummage coach.

The Rugby Football Union was refusing to make any comment on Saturday night, but an official announcement is anticipated tomorrow. Jones was at Exeter on Saturday night to see their Champions Cup match against Clermont Auvergne.

Matt Parker had become the first casualty of Jones’s new regime last Wednesday when he was informed that he would no longer be required in his role as head of athletic performance at the RFU.

Parker had been recruited by Lancaster in 2012 from British Cycling, where he had so much success with the 'marginal gains’ philosophy.

Telegraph.co.uk

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