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Bath first-team coach Neal Hatley to become England scrum coach

  • Bath first-team coach Neal Hatley will become England scrum coach at the end of the season.
  • The 46-year-old former England Saxons prop has been with the Premiership club since 2012.
  • He joins ex-Saracens defence coach Paul Gustard and ex-Bristol forwards coach Steve Borthwick as part of England boss Eddie Jones’ backroom team
Neal Hatley will join the England Rugby coaching team at the end of the season.

Bath Rugby have confirmed a deal has been done for the scrummaging expert who arrived from London Irish in 2012 and has become a key member of the club’s staff.

“It’s been a real privilege to have been part of Bath Rugby these past four years,” Hatley said.

“I’d like to thank my fellow coaches, players and staff for an unforgettable time, during which this team has reached some new heights.

Commenting on Hatley’s appointment the appointment, Eddie Jones said: “We’re delighted to have brought Neal into the coaching team. Successful English rugby teams have always had strong, powerful, dominant scrums so this is an important appointment.

“Neal is an experienced coach and has impressed me with the work he has done in English rugby. I’ve no doubt he is the type of character who will thrive in an international environment.

“He’s a great addition to the team and will compliment Steve and Paul very well. We’re looking forward to working with him ahead of the game against Wales and tour to Australia.”

Hatley becomes the latest recruit to Jones’ backroom team, linking up with forwards specialist Steve Borthwick and defence coach Paul Gustard.