Eddie Jones has made another addition to his coaching team ahead of the 2016 RBS Six Nations, as the RFU announced that Ian Peel will be England’s specialist scrum coach during the tournament, before joining Aviva Premiership leaders Saracens on a permanent basis.
Peel has been part of the phenomenally successful England u-20’s set-up since 2013 and was a key factor in the Junior World Championship successes in 2013 and 2014. During his time with the youngsters he worked with the likes of George Kruis, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Maro Itoje.
His work and success with the England u-20’s clearly hasn’t gone unnoticed and it speaks volumes for his skills that both England and Saracens have snapped up his services.
Graham Rowntree had previously worked as forwards and scrum coach, but after Jones decided a clean slate was needed to start his reign it was always likely that a specialist scrum guru would be hired.
It was thought that the Australian may make a move for Marco Del Maso, who Jones worked with during his fruitful spell with Japan. The nature of Peel’s appointment gives the RFU time to decide on a long-term scrum specialist and could still mean Del Maso once again teams up with Jones and Steve Borthwick after the Six Nations.
Peel relishing Six Nations opportunity
Peel is clearly thrilled to join up with the senior squad and shortly after the announcement he said “This is a huge opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting stuck in with lots of the guys who I have worked with through the age-group teams but also when I have gone in and helped Graham Rowntree over the last few seasons,”
“It is a huge honour to go and deliver that for the seniors and joining up with Eddie Jones, Steve Borthwick, Paul Gustard and the rest of the team.”
Australian Eddie Jones has already recruited the services of Steve Borthwick (forwards) and Paul Gustard (defence) and is now thought to be searching for a specialist skills/attacking coach, with Northampton backs coach Alex King thought to be in the frame.
These appointments have caused much excitement amongst England fans as the team enters a new-era after the disappointment of the 2015 World Cup.
With two games at Twickenham against Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March) there is a real possibility of Jones delivering a Triple Crown in his first tournament and maybe even a Six Nations title.