Ford hails England coaching appointments

Date published: December 26 2015

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Bath head coach Mike Ford believes England's new coaching appointments are very positive for the national side.

England failed to reach the knockout stages at the recent Rugby World Cup which resulted in head coach Stuart Lancaster resigning from his position.

The Rugby Football Union wanted a coach with international experience to replace him and eventually acquired the services of former Australia and Japan boss Eddie Jones.

"With Eddie, they were looking for someone with international experience and certainly he has that with Australia and Japan," Ford told the Bath Chronicle.

"He has also coached in England before with Saracens, so that was another tick in the box and he was available and wanted the job. He did a fantastic job with Japan, so I think that's a positive."

Ford also hailed for the appointment of former Bath, Saracens and England captain Steve Borthwick as forwards coach and Sarries' Paul Gustard as defence coach.

"The young guys underneath have done outstandingly well," added Ford. 

"Gustard at Sarries; they have been successful for five or six years now and within there he is a defence specialist.

"Steve had a great World Cup as I don't think Japan lost a lineout against South Africa, who have a brilliant lineout, and Scotland, so he's done a fantastic job as well.

"He gets on very well with Eddie having worked with him at Saracens and Japan, so it's very positive."

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