England Boss Eddie Jones Confirms His New Coaching Ticket Ahead Of The Six Nations
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England head coach Eddie Jones has appointed Simon Amor and Matt Proudfoot as his new assistant coaches ahead of the Six Nations. Proudfoot and Amor join defence coach John Mitchell and Steve Borthwick, who will switch roles to skills coach.
Proudfoot, South African born and a former Scottish international, will become forwards coach having been involved in the South African national team since 2016. The 47-year-old former prop was part of Rassie Erasmus’ backroom staff during the recent Rugby World Cup. He joins the RFU following the conclusion of his contract with South Africa.
He previously coached at Western Province and Stormers in South Africa and Kobelco Steelers in Japan. Proudfoot, capped four times for Scotland between 1998 and 2003, played for Edinburgh and Glasgow Warriors and the Leopards and Blue Bulls in South Africa.
“The Guinness Six Nations 2020 is a fresh start for the team so that is how we have approached our coaching staff. With Neal Hatley moving to Bath we felt we needed to regenerate the forwards coaching area. Matt Proudfoot has had an outstanding coaching career to date culminating in being a World Cup-winning coach with South Africa.
“He brings great technical expertise and knowledge having coached in South Africa and Japan and having played in Scotland and South Africa. We feel he can take the forwards to another level and build on the great work Neal and Steve have done over the last four years.”
Amor will take on the role as attack coach, leaving his position as head of the England Sevens men’s and women’s programme to join the England senior team coaching staff. The 40-year-old has been head coach of the England Men’s Sevens since 2013 and appointed head coach of Great Britain Sevens which saw Team GB go on to claim a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
He has held roles at London Scottish and England Women’s Sevens previously and been performance advisor at UK Sport. As a scrum-half, he played 15s for London Irish, Gloucester, London Wasps and London Scottish and represented and captained England Sevens which included appearances at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games. He was named as the first IRB Sevens Player of the Year in 2004.
“We have had our eyes on Simon for a while. We used him in the run-up to the Rugby World Cup in some of our training camps. I have been very impressed with his dynamism, his rugby intellect and he will bring a fresh view on how we build our attack. We have done some great things under Scott Wisemantel and we will always be forever grateful for the work he did, but we are excited about Simon coming in and what he is going to bring.”
Eddie Jones names his new coaching team 🌹
📢 Matt Proudfoot joins as forwards coach
📢 Simon Amor becomes attack coach
📢 Steve Borthwick switches to skills coach
📢 John Mitchell continues to lead defence
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) January 13, 2020