It is now official: Steve Borthwick, the coach of Leicester, is the new coach of the XV de la Rose.
The English Rugby Federation (RFU) announced this Monday in a press release, two weeks after having dismissed Australian Eddie Jones.
The former captain of the England team, who led Leicester to the English title last year, "will occupy the position of head coach" and that "from today" and for five years, announces the RFU.
So until the 2027 World Cup, in Australia.
“We are delighted to welcome Steve back,” adds the document.
He was our first choice to succeed Eddie,” who was appointed in the fall of 2015, RFU boss Bill Sweeney said in the statement.
delighted our former captain and forwards coach Steve Borthwick has been appointed England men's head coach from today.
Borthwick will be joined by Kevin Sinfield who has been appointed defense coach.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) December 19, 2022
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The former international second line (43 years old, 57 caps between 2001 and 2010), who played for Bath and then Saracens, was the assistant coach of the England team alongside Eddie Jones.
He also coached Japanese forwards, again as an assistant to Eddie Jones, from 2012 to 2015.
Making “the most of our enormous potential”
During the Australian's seven-year tenure, England won the Six Nations Championship three times, including a Grand Slam in 2016, and reached the World Cup final in 2019. But, in 2022, the XV de la Rose had their worst year since 2008 in terms of results, with six defeats, five wins and a draw in twelve games, leading the RFU to sack Eddie Jones on December 6.
"I am deeply honored to be appointed as England's head coach, and I look forward to taking on this challenge," Borthwick said in the RFU statement.
"English rugby is full of talent and I want to build a team that wins, makes the most of our huge potential and inspires young people," added the new coach.
"I want the whole country to be proud of us and enjoy watching us play," he added.
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