England appoint Ella as skills coach

Date published: May 5 2016

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England have announced that Glen Ella has agreed to join Eddie Jones’ coaching staff during England’s tour to Australia.

Sydney-based Ella will join up with the England setup in Brisbane and work for the duration of the three-Test series as a skills coach.

Working with Jones he will be responsible for helping develop England’s attack play and provide specialist backs skills coaching.  

“I’m delighted to be teaming up with Eddie again and working alongside the rest of the coaching staff,” said Ella.

“Eddie’s got England moving in the right direction, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, particularly in attack.

“I’m looking forward to being involved in an exciting series of Test rugby.”

Commenting on the temporary appointment England head coach Eddie Jones said: “We’re very happy that Glen will be joining up with us out in Australia.

“Glen has coached rugby all around the world and not only brings with him a wealth of experience, but also has one of the best attacking minds in the business.

“Working alongside myself and the rest of the coaching team Glen will assist me in developing our attack play strategies and also provide some specialist backs skills coaching. It’s an area we know we need to improve and I’m sure we’ll benefit greatly from having Glen on board for the tour.”

Ella played club rugby for Sydney-based Randwick alongside Eddie Jones and earned four caps for the Wallabies at full-back between 1982-85.

He made his coaching debut as assistant coach for Bob Dwyer’s Wallabies side during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and was assistant coach under Jones during the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He has undertaken coaching roles with Australia Sevens, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Italy and Canada.

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