Staff overhaul: “We felt it was the right time to make changes,” says Eddie Jones

  • Eddie Jones has begun overhauling his England backroom team
  • The new England coach gets rid of Mike Catt, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree
  • Paul Gustard and Steve Borthwick set to join up with the Australian
New head coach Eddie Jones has begun dismantling the previous England regime by getting rid of Mike Catt, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree.

The trio signed six-year contracts, along with Stuart Lancaster, just over a year ago but have now all left their positions in the wake of England’s embaressing pool-stage exit at the World Cup.

“We felt it was the right time to make changes,” said Jones.

“They are all experienced guys and have contributed greatly to this England team over recent years.”

He added: “I know everyone is appreciative of their hard work and commitment.”

Speaking about what he wants from his new additions to the squad, Jones added: “I think guys obviously that can work with me, that understand my philosophy of play, that can add to my philosophy of play and can add to England going forward.”

The 55-year-old has yet to formally announce any replacements but the former England captain Steve Borthwick, who worked as a forwards coach with the Australian when he was in charge of Japan, and the Saracens defence coach Paul Gustard are expected to join him in the coming days.

England’s first game under Jones is away to Scotland in the Six Nations Championship on 6 February.

More to follow.

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