Eddie Jones has finalised his coaching set-up with the appointments of Richard Cockerill and Anthony Seibold.
Cockerill joins as a forwards coach and will work alongside Matt Proudfoot. He had a distinguished playing career, winning 27 caps for England and making more than 250 appearances for Leicester Tigers, along with spells at Coventry and Montferrand.
He became Leicester head coach in 2009 and won the Premiership title on three occasions (2009, 2010 and 2013). Cockerill has also spent time as a rugby consultant at Toulon and spent four years as head coach at Edinburgh Rugby.
“We’re two years from the World Cup so we wanted to freshen up our coaching team and get the right people in place for where we want to go – which is to win the World Cup,” said England head coach, Jones.
“We’ve added Richard to the team to work with Matt to create a dominant forward pack. He’s a former England player, has great coaching experience and comes in as a well-rounded, mature, driven English coach.”
Seibold has been appointed as England defence coach. He arrives from his most recent role as head coach of the Brisbane Broncos in Australia’s National Rugby League. He was head coach at South Sydney Rabbitohs, and has also coached at a number of clubs including: Manly Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm and worked as an assistant for Queensland in the State of Origin series.