Thursday 8 December 2016

Jones axes coaches from England set-up

Published 15/12/2015 | 02:30

England coach Eddie Jones has made his first impressions by saying that none of the current front-line coaching staff would be continuing their roles
England coach Eddie Jones has made his first impressions by saying that none of the current front-line coaching staff would be continuing their roles

Eddie Jones fired his first bullets yesterday as England head coach by confirming that none of the existing front-line coaching staff would continue in their roles.

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Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt are all following Jones' predecessor, Stuart Lancaster, through the Twickenham exit door.

"They're outstanding coaches, but I just feel at this stage that we need to have some new thoughts and new ideas coming in," Jones explained.

"One of the most unpleasant things to do is let people go and you try to give them due process. I've spoken to them individually and I've got different views on what's happened with England from players, administrators and other coaches.

"I felt it was in the interests of the team to move on, but England are very grateful for their contributions and I'm sure that in the future they'll keep contributing in a different way. On behalf of the Rugby Football Union and the players who have benefited from their coaching, I wish them the very best."

Jones added that the incoming coaching team, certain to include Steve Borthwick of Bristol and Paul Gustard of Saracens at the forward end of the spectrum, would consist of "guys who can work with me, understand my philosophy of play and add to that philosophy".

There was no official announcement on another of Lancaster's recruits, the head of athletic performance Matt Parker, but it seems he, too, is surplus to requirements.

Irish Independent

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