Steve Borthwick has confirmed his departure date with shock favourite to replace him - Ruck

Steve Borthwick has confirmed his departure date with shock favourite to replace him

Steve Borthwick is set to guide England into their second Rugby World Cup under his leadership in 2027, marking the conclusion of his contract with the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

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Reflecting on past decisions, the RFU has learned from the extended tenures of Eddie Jones and Sir Clive Woodward and is prepared for Borthwick to step down, even if England clinches the Webb Ellis Cup in Australia.

Here, we explore the current odds on who might succeed Borthwick as the next England head coach.


Woodward is the World Cup winning Head Coach who led England’s rugby players to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003.

A former England International and British & Irish Lion himself, prior to his full time coaching career Clive established a successful business career working for nine years with Xerox in the UK and Australia before establishing his own small finance and leasing company.

During Clive’s tenure as Head Coach England moved from 6th in the world to being the number one ranked team, winning every trophy an England team can win.


Currently in charge of Georgia, he was part of the England coaching staff up until the end of the 2023 Six Nations.


Currently the Munster head coach.


Although Baxter joined the England coaching team for the summer tour to Argentina and Uruguay in March 2013, he has no other experience outside of Exeter.

“I would be happy to have a chat about what the role is, how they see it working and what their plans and ambitions are,” Baxter said of the England job.

“Unless you know what it is, it’s hard to say yes or no to anything. At the same time, I’m not looking for another job! I’m very happy here,” he added.

Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter during the Gallagher Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Gloucester Rugby at Sandy Park, Exeter on 19th Nov 2023. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK