Sarries defence coach offered England role

Date published: December 13 2015

Saracens defence coach Paul Gustard has been offered a position with England by new head coach Eddie Jones.

That is the word from Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall who confirmed the news after his side’s convincing 45-10 Champions Cup victory at Oyonnax on Sunday.

“Paul has been offered a job by Eddie and the RFU,” he told Sky Sports.

“I guess he’s considering his position. There will be a decision, I suppose, very quickly between the RFU and the club because he has 18 more months of his contract left with us. I’m sure that will be sorted out in the next couple of days.

“We’ve had a lot of young English players come through in the last six years. We had Andy Farrell who left us three years ago to go to the national set-up. We seem to be a good breeding ground for players and staff to get to international level.

“Paul has been a huge, huge part of what we’ve done over the last six-and-a-bit. If he does go he will be sorely missed. I think what we’ve build over the last six-and-a-bit years, when someone leaves, whether it is a player or a member of staff, we just motor on.

“That will be the case if Paul does go.”

Gustard is the second man whom Jones has identified to join his backroom staff. The RFU have already approached Championship club Bristol about hiring their forwards coach Steve Borthwick to join England’s coaching team.