England men’s head coach Eddie Jones has appointed Simon Amor and Matt Proudfoot as his new assistant coaches.
Proudfoot and Amor join defence coach John Mitchell and Steve Borthwick, who will switch roles to skills coach, alongside Jones, as the England men’s coaching team for the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.
Proudfoot, South African born and a former Scottish international, will become forwards coach having been involved in the South African national team since 2016. The 47 year-old former prop was part of Rassie Erasmus’ backroom staff during the recent Rugby World Cup. He joins the RFU following the conclusion of his contract with South Africa.
Eddie Jones names his new coaching team 🌹— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 13, 2020
📢 Matt Proudfoot joins as forwards coach
📢 Simon Amor becomes attack coach
📢 Steve Borthwick switches to skills coach
📢 John Mitchell continues to lead defence
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He previously coached at Western Province and Stormers in South Africa and Kobelco Steelers in Japan. Proudfoot, capped four times for Scotland between 1998 and 2003, played for Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors and the Leopards and Blue Bulls in South Africa.
Jones said: “The Guinness Six Nations 2020 is a fresh start for the team so that is how we have approached our coaching staff. With Neal Hatley moving to Bath we felt we needed to regenerate the forwards coaching area. Matt Proudfoot has had an outstanding coaching career to date culminating in being a World Cup winning coach with South Africa.
“He brings great technical expertise and knowledge having coached in South Africa and Japan and having played in Scotland and South Africa. We feel he can take the forwards to another level and build on the great work Neal and Steve have done over the last four years.”