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Steve Borthwick responds to Kevin Sinfield’s reported departure

Amid swirling rumours that Kevin Sinfield, assistant coach to Steve Borthwick, might step down from his role with the England team after the World Cup, the head coach maintained a stoic silence when questioned about these speculations during this week.

Kevin Sinfield, a prominent figure in the world of rugby league, joined England’s coaching staff in December, following in the footsteps of Steve Borthwick. This came after a remarkable debut coaching season with the Leicester Tigers.

According to reports, there have been discussions with Paul Gustard, the former England defense coach, regarding a potential return in preparation for the upcoming Six Nations campaign. However, Borthwick chose not to comment on these reports during today’s press conference.

This 47-year-old coach had previously worked under the guidance of Eddie Jones but opted to forgo the opportunity to participate in the Rugby World Cup four years ago in favor of taking on the role of head coach at Harlequins.

Gustard’s close relationship with Borthwick, forged during their time at Saracens, has sparked initial conversations with England’s head coach over the past few weeks. Known for his unconventional coaching methods, Gustard once made headlines by incorporating live wolves into the training regimen during his tenure at Saracens.

“I’ve been in this job nine, 10 months,” the former Leicester Tigers head coach said.

“One thing I’ve learnt very quickly it’s impossible and unwise to comment on every rumour and piece of speculation that is thrown out. I make no comment.”

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