Leicester Tigers boss could leave months after replacing Steve Borthwick - Ruck

Leicester Tigers boss could leave months after replacing Steve Borthwick

In the latest developments concerning the potential return of Dan McKellar to the ranks of Rugby Australia, it appears that the door remains ajar for him to potentially step in and take the helm, possibly in lieu of Eddie Jones.

Although Dan McKellar assumed the role of head coach at Leicester just this past summer, sources cited by The Roar suggest that his contract contains a clause enabling him to consider coaching the Wallabies.

Notably, McKellar previously served as an assistant coach for Australia starting in 2021, and he led the Brumbies from 2018 to 2022.

As the British and Irish Lions series looms on the horizon, with only two years separating us from a home World Cup, it is understandable that many Australian coaches would eagerly embrace the opportunity to lead the Wallabies.

Among the names in contention for the Tigers coaching role, Kevin Sinfield emerges as a prominent figure.

Rumour has it that Sinfield, having guided England to a third-place finish in the Rugby World Cup, may be departing his current post, which could potentially open the door for his return to the Tigers.

Kevin Sinfield, defence coach of England Rugby during the Summer International match between England and Fiji at Twickenham Stadium on August 26, 2023 in London, England. ( Photo by Phil Mingo/PPAUK )

Reports suggest that Paul Gustard, the former England defense coach, has been approached regarding a potential return ahead of the upcoming Six Nations campaign.

This 47-year-old coach had previously served under the guidance of Eddie Jones but opted to forego a chance at the Rugby World Cup four years ago to assume the role of head coach at Harlequins.

Gustard’s ties with Borthwick, nurtured during their shared tenure at Saracens, have prompted preliminary discussions with England’s head coach over the past few weeks.

Renowned for his unconventional coaching methods, Gustard once made headlines for incorporating actual wolves into the training regimen during his stint with Saracens.

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