Mitchell puts up his hand for England job

Date published: November 18 2015

Former All Black coach John Mitchell has officially thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant England coaching job.

The New Zealander – who was part of the England coaching staff under Clive Woodward – has been in the coaching doldrums ever since he left the Golden Lions following complaints from the players in 2012.

"There aren't too many opportunities to be involved with England and it would be an exciting challenge," the 51-year-old told the Daily Mail.

"There's a huge amount of talent in England… it’s just about how you evolve it once the emotion of the World Cup is out the door."

Ironically, Mitchell was approached by the Stormers earlier in the year but turned down the position, which was later snapped up by Eddie Jones. However, now the Australian has also been linked to the England post.

Despite England's embarrassing early exit from their home World Cup, Mitchell believes there is ample talent for a new coach to work with.

"I see similarities between the current England forward pack and the guys who were involved when I was last there in the late 1990s," added Mitchell. 

"We had young guys like Richard Hill and Lawrence Dallaglio and, in the current set-up, there is a lot of potential that just needs some time."