A brand new contender is now in the mix to replace Eddie Jones - Ruck

A brand new contender is now in the mix to replace Eddie Jones

There appears to be no shortage of candidate to replace Eddie Jones as England coach.

According to a report from Gavin Mairs for The Telegraph, Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill has emerged as a contender to succeed Eddie Jones at England’s helm.

Rugby Football Union Chief Executive Nigel Melville leading the search to find Jones’ successor and has been impressed by Cockerill’s impact with Edinburgh in the Pro 14.

Cockerill was sacked by Premiership club Leicester Tigers early last year but guided Edinburgh third place in the Pro14 last season.

While both Ian Ritchie and Steve Brown – who led the RFU before Melville – said that England’s next head coach would ideally be internationally proven, Melville said that coaches like Cockerill were in the mix.

“Cockerill has done an amazing job in Edinburgh,” said Melville.

“There are these young guys around that you sometimes don’t think about – Joe Worsley has done a great job in Bordeaux, he’s a head coach now and it’ll be interesting to see how that develops.

“Steve Borthwick [England assistant coach] did some great work going down to various countries, obviously working with Japan.

“I’m sure Steve would be interested in the head coach job. He’s a good developing coach and he knows international rugby pretty well now.”

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