England name Borthwick as Jones replacement

12:00 PM GMT

England have named Leicester Tigers’ Steve Borthwick as head coach to replace Eddie Jones, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Monday.

Borthwick will take over in time to lead England at the Six Nations, with his first game to be against Scotland on Feb. 4.

England have just nine Tests remaining before they start their 2023 World Cup campaign in France.

“I’m deeply honoured to be appointed England head coach and I am very excited by the challenge,” Borthwick said.

“The English game is full of talent and I want to build a winning team which makes the most of our huge potential and inspires young people to fall in love with rugby union the way I did.”

The former Saracens and Bath lock, who made 57 Test appearances for England and retired from playing in 2014, was the forwards coach of the national team under Jones from 2015 to 2020 and gained a reputation as an exciting young mentor in the game.

Borthwick then took over as Leicester’s head coach and guided the club to the title in the 2022 season, after they came second-bottom in 2020. The team are fifth in the standings and unbeaten in the European Champions Cup after two games.

He will be joined by Kevin Sinfield, who has been appointed defensive coach.

Jones was sacked last week following a review of England’s November series, in which they were booed off at Twickenham after losing to South Africa, following another defeat against Argentina, a draw against New Zealand and a victory over Japan.

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