Richard Cockerill joins England’s coaching staff

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Eddie Jones has finalised his coaching set-up with the appointments of Richard Cockerill and Anthony Seibold.

Cockerill joins as a forwards coach and will work alongside Matt Proudfoot. He had a distinguished playing career, winning 27 caps for England and making more than 250 appearances for Leicester Tigers, along with spells at Coventry and Montferrand.

Won three Premiership titles as head coach

He became Leicester head coach in 2009 and won the Premiership title on three occasions (2009, 2010 and 2013). Cockerill has also spent time as a rugby consultant at Toulon and spent four years as head coach at Edinburgh Rugby.

“We’re two years from the World Cup so we wanted to freshen up our coaching team and get the right people in place for where we want to go – which is to win the World Cup,” said England head coach Jones.

“We’ve added Richard to the team to work with Matt to create a dominant forward pack. He’s a former England player, has great coaching experience and comes in as a well-rounded, mature, driven English coach.”

Seibold has been appointed as England defence coach. He arrives from his most recent role as head coach of the Brisbane Broncos in Australia’s National Rugby League. He was head coach at South Sydney Rabbitohs, and has also coached at a number of clubs including: Manly Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm and worked as an assistant for Queensland in the State of Origin series.

Seibold’s playing career included spells in England with Hull KR and London Broncos, along with Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos in NRL. He is currently a coaching mentor at Newcastle Knights.

“Anthony is a coach that I have had a relationship with since 2019 and have followed his career closely. He is a good coach and thinks deeply about the game,” added Jones. “John Mitchell did a great job improving us in defence and Anthony will add further nuances to the good system that he has put into place.

“It’s an exciting time for rugby with the new season starting, supporters back in the stadium and the return of the grassroots game this weekend – with the rugby community celebrating being back together at Pitch Up for Rugby events around the country. We’re looking forward to getting the squad back together and growing this England team.”

The coaching team will first work with the England squad at a mini-camp at The Lensbury next month from 26-28 September.

“I am excited to be joining Eddie Jones and the England team, working with the players and staff,” said Cockerill. “I look forward to being part of and contributing to the world class environment that is England Rugby.”

Seibold added: “I am very much looking forward to joining the England coaching staff and building upon the work that has been done by the coaching staff and players over recent seasons.

“Eddie is one of the leading coaches in world sport and the opportunity to work under him through to the 2023 World Cup in France along with the other staff was an opportunity that I could not pass up.

“The depth of talent and the opportunity to work with the elite players in the English game is something that really excites me going forward. I am looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge that international rugby presents.”

England will then begin preparations for their three end-of-year Test matches at Twickenham with a week’s training camp in Jersey (25-29 October). They will be hosted by Jersey Reds and use the facilities at the Strive high performance centre, adjacent to the rugby club.

England face Tonga on Saturday November 6, Australia on Saturday November 13, and South Africa on Saturday November 20.


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