Wednesday 28 September 2016

Steve Borthwick joins Eddie Jones' England backroom team as forwards coach

Published 15/12/2015 | 15:28

Steve Borthwick
Steve Borthwick

Forwards coach Steve Borthwick has joined Eddie Jones' England coaching team as part of the overhaul of backroom staff following a disappointing World Cup campaign.

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Jones was appointed as Stuart Lancaster's replacement in November after an impressive display as Japan's coach - including a World Cup upset against South Africa.

The 55-year-old Australian has now set about building his own coaching set-up and the Rugby Football Union confirmed former England captain Borthwick, a line-out specialist who worked with Jones at Japan before joining Bristol, will now take up a new role as forwards coach.

A statement read: "The RFU can announce Steve Borthwick has agreed to join Eddie Jones' coaching staff.

"The former England captain will join the national set-up as forwards coach. He will be reunited with Jones having worked together for three years on Japan's 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign as well as at Saracens, where the Australian signed him as a player from Bath.

"The 36-year-old former England international and captain had a brief coaching spell with Greene King IPA Championship side Bristol Rugby following the conclusion of the tournament this year."

Borthwick, who won 57 England caps during his career and played in the 2007 World Cup final, described working with Jones and England as "a really exciting opportunity".

He said: "This is a huge honour to be asked as these chances don't come around often. We have an exciting group of players in England and I am really looking forward to the challenge and getting England beating the best teams in the world."

Before their time with Japan, Borthwick and Jones worked together at Saracens and the new England coach praised the work of the former Bath lock.

Jones said: "I'm delighted that Steve has joined my coaching set-up. I have known him for a long time through Saracens and Japan and he has done fantastic work as a coach.

"Steve has a huge amount of international experience as a player and a captain and his coaching in Japan in recent years shows he can get the best out of the players at the highest level. He is a great addition and I look forward to working with him again as we look ahead to the start of the RBS 6 Nations next year."

Another member of the Saracens staff from Jones' time at the club, Paul Gustard, is also wanted by the Australian and his appointment could be announced in the coming days.

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