England close to naming their new defence coach

John Mitchell’s appointment as England’s new defence coach is moving closer but remains subject to a compensation agreement.

Reports in South Africa claim the Rugby Football Union and Mitchell’s club, Blue Bulls, have agreed a release fee of £218,000 but Sky Sports News has reported that no agreement has yet been reached.

Eddie Jones wants Mitchell to replace Paul Gustard, who has taken over as Director of Rugby at Harlequins.

He has previously worked for England as forwards coach from 1997-2000 under Sir Clive Woodward and later became head coach of the US Eagles.

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