Steve Borthwick statement: Spoken with Eddie Jones - Ruck

Steve Borthwick statement: Spoken with Eddie Jones

Leicester director of rugby Steve Borthwick has refused to comment on speculation linking him to becoming England’s new head coach.

The current Tigers boss said: “I don’t think anyone can possibly doubt how committed I have been since the minute I walked through this door to give the best I can for this team, and that is my intention again this week to get the performance we want.

“I spoke to Eddie Jones this week and he is a phenomenal coach and I feel very fortunate and privileged top have worked with him in different places for so many years. I have learnt and continue to learn a huge amount from him. Even when not working in the same coaching team at Leicester Tigers he has been incredibly supportive of myself and my coaching journey.

“We would be here all day if we tried to talk about all the things; the work ethic, desire to learn and never cease to want to be better and improve; the desire to help the players achieve their dreams.

“What I will talk about, which I don’t hear talked about , is the generosity of the guy. I have seen him help people around the world. He loves the game and is an incredible coach.

“I speak to people at the RFU every week because we have a lot of England players here.

“Within this team there is no talk about anything but the Ospreys game. There are always things going around the team and your job is to be focussed on what you need to do.

“I have always been upfront with players about anything and everything and this team has all kind of challenges over the last two years and potential obstacles.

“Every time these players there is anything that could possibly distract from outside they concentrate on the next challenge.”

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#8. Gareth Southgate – 500/1

#7. Jonny Wilkinson – 50/1

#6. Sir Clive Woodward – 30/1

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