Borthwick joins England

Date published: December 15 2015

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Steve Borthwick has agreed to join Eddie Jones’ coaching staff. The former England captain will join the national set-up as forwards coach. 

He will be reunited with Jones having worked together for three years at Japan, culminating in the 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign.

He also worked with Jones at Saracens, where the Australian signed him as a player from Bath. The 36-year-old former England international and captain had a brief coaching spell with English Championship side Bristol following the conclusion of the tournament this year.

“This is a really exciting opportunity to join the England setup and to link up with Eddie again," said Borthwick.

"This is a huge honour to be asked as these chances don’t come around often. We have an exciting group of players in England and I am really looking forward to the challenge and getting England beating the best teams in the world.”

England head coach Eddie Jones said he was "delighted" with the appointment. "I have known him for a long time through Saracens and Japan and he has done fantastic work as a coach.

"Steve has a huge amount of international experience as a player and a captain and his coaching in Japan in recent years shows he can get the best out of the players at the highest level. He is a great addition and I look forward to working with him again as we look ahead to the start of the Six Nations next year.”

Borthwick had an impressive playing career as a lock for both club and country representing England on 57 occasions between 2001 and 2010.

He captained the side under Martin Johnson from 2008 and was a member of the England squad which reached the Rugby World Cup Final against South Africa in 2007.

His playing career spanned 16 years, which included captaining Bath and Saracens, before retiring at the end of the 2013/14 season with a record 265 Premiership appearances.

He began his transition into coaching while still playing for Saracens and became Japan forwards coach in 2012.

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