All three of the assistant coaches remaining from Stuart Lancaster’s regime — Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt — have been sacked by England’s new head coach, Eddie Jones.

It is understood that Jones informed them on Friday that their services were no longer required.

Rowntree will be replaced by former England lock Steve Borthwick once the legal details of his departure from Bristol have been finalised.


And Saracens’ defence coach Paul Gustard, who has been responsible for the club becoming the best defensive side in the country and was first encouraged to coach by Jones while he was at Saracens, will replace Farrell.

As for a replacement for Catt, Jones himself is known to be keen to take charge of the attack coaching of his new side, but he is still understood to be seeking a backs and skills coach.

Jones will also probably seek to employ a scrummaging coach, a role that Rowntree — who has been England’s forwards coach since 2008, during which time he also worked with the British and Irish Lions on tours to South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013 — undertook as well as the wider forwards job.

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