England: Matt Proudfoot one of three coaches to depart as Steve Borthwick era begins

Adam Kyriacou
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England forwards coach Matt Proudfoot has left the setup as he becomes one of the first changes following the arrival of head coach Steve Borthwick.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirmed his exit as the South African agreed to step down after three years under former England head coach Eddie Jones.

Rumours in the press were confirmed on Monday when Stellenbosch University’s rugby team, Maties, announced that Proudfoot had been added to their staff.

Proudfoot is not alone in leaving the England coaching setup with the RFU confirming that Brett Hodgson and Danny Kerry have also both departed the group.

RFU executive director of performance rugby, Conor O’Shea, said: “We are very grateful to Matt for all he’s done for England and wish him every success in his next career move.”

Proudfoot added: “It has been a privilege to be part of the team for the last three years.”

Proudfoot was part of the SpringboksRugby World Cup-winning coaching team in 2019 before now former head coach Jones brought him into his backroom team.

Borthwick will be eager to hit the ground running as the Six Nations kicks off in five weeks’ time and the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France begins in September.

After a poor run in 2022 where England lost six of their 12 internationals, Borthwick said last month that he believes he can bring back the glory days to the side.

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“There’s a lot of potential in the players we have and I want to produce a team that delivers, so I’m going to devote myself wholeheartedly to try to help this team deliver and be a team that we can all be proud of,” he insisted.

“Ultimately on that first game of the Six Nations are we going to be perfect? No. Is it going to be exactly how the team is going to play? No. It is going to be the start but what is absolutely clear is the team needs to go out there, and it needs to fight.

“It needs to compete so when they walk out, I want this crowd roaring. I want that Twickenham roar. Our job is to play in a manner, fight in a manner and compete in a manner that keeps them roaring.”

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