England’s assistant coaches are expected to discover on Friday whether they have a future under new head coach Eddie Jones, with sources indicating on Thursday evening that the appointment of Steve Borthwick to the management team was a “done deal”, The Daily Telegraph has revealed.
The Rugby Football Union recently made a formal approach to Bristol, where Borthwick has just taken up a position as forwards coach, and it now looks certain he will be the first of several possible appointments by Jones.
Confirmation may not come until next week, but two well-placed sources told The Telegraph on Thursday night that Borthwick’s appointment was inevitable, even if Bristol were understood to have dug their heels and a start date has yet to be agreed.
Borthwick, a former England captain, worked closely with Jones as a line-out specialist for Japan during the World Cup. The 36-year-old also held a wider brief to organise training sessions and devise a game plan, although the Brave Blossoms had a separate scrummaging specialist in Marc del Maso.
Borthwick has clearly been identified as having the potential to develop into a national head coach, which is a key part of Jones’s brief. The RFU chief executive, Ian Ritchie, has said that he wants the Australian to groom a successor who could take charge after the next World Cup in Japan in 2019.
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