England legend set to join Eddie Jones coaching staff after leaving Worcester - Ruck

England legend set to join Eddie Jones coaching staff after leaving Worcester

Former England and Harlequins number 8 Nick Easter is set to to join Eddie Jones’ coaching team after the Autumn Nations Series.

The Rugby Paper suggests he is leading the race replace current defence coach Anthony Seibold, who is set to leave his job as one of Jones’ assistant coaches following the Tests against Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.

In a significant blow to England’s Rugby World Cup preparations, Seibold is set to take charge of National Rugby League side Manly Sea Eagles.

Club owner Scott Penn discussed Seibold in an interview with Fox Sports, saying: 

“Anthony has been at the club before, he demonstrated phenomenal intellect, he’s a great tactician, he’s really good with the players and he’s shown he’s got credentials as a head coach.

“We’re still working through our pathway whether that’s assistant to start or the full process but right now we have identified him as someone we’re very interested in and someone who certainly had a few false starts himself but he’s very capable and would do a tremendous job.”

Easter’s Coaching CV:

Easter arrived at Sixways ahead of the 2022/23 from Newcastle Falcons where he is Defence Coach. 

Before that Easter had two seasons in Super Rugby as Defence and Forwards Coach with Durban-based Sharks and two seasons as Defence Coach of Harlequins, the club he represented a record 281 times.

Nick Easter Facts:

  1. His father, John, played squash professionally and reached No. 1 in Britain and No. 9 in the world
  2. His great grandfather, Pieter Le Roux, played for the Springboks
  3. Easter has won the Harlequins Player of the year award four times in 2004–05, 2005–06, 2012–13 and 2014–15 season at the age of 36. He was voted Aviva Premiership forward of the year in 2013 & 2014
  4. After 15 seasons, 54 international appearances and a record 281 appearances for Harlequins, Easter announced his retirement on 29 July 2016
  5. In 2020 he launched a podcast with World Cup winner Kyran Bracken called Ruck It!


Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia)

Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.

“But I go for Folau – only just, I should stress – because of his ability to seemingly beat his man every time he gets the ball in his hand. He’s such an exciting player and like Leigh he is one of the best under the high ball.

“It’s a toss of a coin for me… and it’s come down in Folau’s favour.”

Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.

“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.

“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”

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Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Owens said: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.

“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”

Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Owens said: “He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.

“What a player, mind, too. One of the stalwarts of the New Zealand side for so many years.”

Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.

“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.

“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”