Steve Borthwick Attempts To Leave Eddie Jones’ Coaching Ticket & Join Irish Province


Eddie Jones’ reign as England head coach has reached its lowest point in recent weeks. The Australian got off to the perfect start in first couple of seasons in charge, going on an unprecedented win streak and winning back-to-back Six Nations titles.

But his reign has collapsed spectacularly this season, with England finishing second from bottom in the Six Nations, losing to Scotland and France as well as Ireland at home.

A humiliation at the hands of the Barbarians in Twickenham last month was then followed by two consecutive losses to South Africa this month, with another Boks’ Test still to come this weekend.

Jones also recently learned that his defence coach Paul Gustard will be leaving his role with England following the tour of South Africa. Gustard, who has been hugely integral to England’s success under Jones, will take up a new role as head coach of Harlequins.

And now to make matters worse, it appears forwards coach Steve Borthwick is also looking for a way out of Jones’ ticket. RugbyPass are reporting that the Englishman recently applied for the vacant head coach role at Ulster Rugby, before the role ultimately went to Dan McFarland.

Worrying times ahead for England. Will the current coaching ticket be still in place come next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan? Who knows.

UPDATE: The RFU have reached out and explained to us that Steve Borthwick DID NOT apply for the vacant Ulster head coach role. Borthwick was approached for the vacant role, but did not apply himself. He is 100% committed to England.

“Steve Borthwick is completely committed to England. He has not applied for any other coaching roles since he joined England in 2016.”

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