King: ‘There was no England offer’

Date published: January 6 2016

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Northampton Saints coach Alex King will not be joining Eddie Jones' England coaching staff and admits there was never an offer in place to do so.

King revealed that he met with Jones, but purely for a rugby discussion and that no role was discussed.

The former England fly-half also hinted that Jones has decided to keep his coaching staff at just three people, with Jones handling the attack while Steve Borthwick covers the forwards and Paul Gustard masterminds the defence. Ian Peel has also been appointed as a scrum coach for the Six Nations.

"I just think there's been so much speculation about me having a conversation with Eddie that everyone's assumed something that was never going to happen," King told the Press Association.

"Eddie spoke to a few people and he's made his decision to stick with his three coaches going into the Six Nations, and he'll run the attack.

"And that's it. There's nothing more to it.

"Seriously, it was just a conversation on rugby. He's gone around all the clubs and spoken to a lot of coaches, and for some reason people speculated and came up with a story.

"I think if it had been anything more we would have gone down a different route, but as far as I'm concerned he's made a decision, he's going to run the attack and I move on to Leicester on Saturday, which is all my focus (is on)."

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