The RFU is already in the process of appointing a new defence coach after the departure of Paul Gustard earlier this year, while England have been operating without a full-time attack coach since Rory Teague left his role last year.

Benton came with considerable pedigree, having worked with the Wallabies in the buildup to the 2015 World Cup, but he left just 11 weeks before that tournament and was recruited by his fellow Australian Jones in 2016.

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