Steve Borthwick has been appointed England’s new forwards coach
The move sees the 25-year-old reunited with Eddie Jones
He is former England captain, making 57 caps between 2001 and 2010
Steve Borthwick has been appointed England forwards coach as part of new head coach Eddie Jones’ backroom team.
Jones, the England head coach, employed Borthwick as forwards coach when during his time in charge of Japan after having previously worked together at Saracens.
“I am delighted that Steve has joined my coaching setup,” revealed Jones on Tuesday.
“I have known him for a long time through Saracens and Japan and he has done fantastic work as a coach.
“Steve has a huge amount of international experience as a player and a captain and his coaching in Japan in recent years shows he can get the best out of the players at the highest level.
“He is a great addition and I look forward to working with him again as we look ahead to the start of the RBS 6 Nations next year.”
Borthwick replaces Graham Rowntree, one of three England assistant coaches released yesterday, to signal the complete demolition of the coaching set up from England’s embarrassing Rugby World Cup performance under Stuart Lancaster.
“This is a really exciting opportunity to join the England set up and to link up with Eddie again,” said Borthwick.
“This is a huge honour to be asked as these chances don’t come around often.
“We have an exciting group of players in England and I am really looking forward to the challenge and getting England beating the best teams in the world.”
The 36-year-old had been working as a forward coach at Championship side Bristol, who despite their best efforts were not able to hold onto him,
Borthwick, who is a former England captain, had an impressive playing career as a lock for both club and country which saw him play for his national side on 57 occasions between 2001 and 2010.