Steve Borthwick Set To Leave His Role As England Assistant Coach As Replacement Announced

Exit door.

Steve Borthwick will leave his role as England assistant coach at the end of the season with Jason Ryles from Melbourne Storm joining in November. Borthwick joined Eddie Jones’ staff as his first appointment and one of his key coaches in December 2015.

For the upcoming campaign, Borthwick will change role from forwards coach to skills coach.

England boss Eddie Jones said:

“I have had a great seven years with Steve. He is a loyal, hard-working and analytical coach but I understand he needs now to get out on his own following this campaign. He’s made that decision and we are really pleased for him.

“He created a great lineout for England and really developed the young guys. If you look at someone like Maro Itoje, he’s become a world-class lock under Steve. He has also turned our maul into a weapon for us and he’s done brilliant work co-ordinating the England programme. We will miss him greatly.

“One of my roles has been to develop English coaches and so it has been great to see coaches leave this programme to further their careers with the likes of Paul Gustard at Harlequins and Neal Hatley at Bath Rugby. We have put three good young coaches back into the system.”

Borthwick said:

“The past four years has been an incredible journey for me with this England team. I have enjoyed the experience working with such a talented and special group of players. It has been great to work for Eddie over this period of time and I would like to thank him and the other coaches and staff for all their support and help.”

“I am very proud of what we have achieved as a team since 2016, culminating in a Rugby World Cup Final last year. Having come back from Japan, spent time with my family and reflected on my time with England, I have decided to step away from the role towards the end of the season.”

Jason Ryles, who is currently coaching at the Australian rugby league side, Melbourne Storm, will join Jones’ coaching staff ahead of the Quilter Internationals later in the year as skills coach.

Ryles has been assistant coach of Melbourne since 2016 and helped them to Premiership success in 2017, two other grand final appearances as well as last season’s Minor Premiership.

He was also assistant coach for the Junior Kangaroos in 2016 and 2017 and the New South Wales U20s State of Origin side in 2012. He has briefly spent time in recent seasons with England assisting Jones and his coaches.