Six Nations Twickenham Hospitality: Eddie Jones will begin his new role as head coach of the England Rugby team in December and one his first big moves will be deciding on what coaching staff he will work with. Eventmasters will once again be providing official VIP Twickenham hospitality packages for the 2016 Six Nations. England face two crucial fixtures HQ as they face Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and Wales (Saturday 12th March).
Jones has to now decide if he will work alongside the current coaches (Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt) or if he will select a new group before England begin their Six Nations campaign.
As Twickenham hospitality guests are eagerly awaiting Jones’s decision, we take a look at some of the leading candidates.
Steve Borthwick (Forwards)
Steve Borthwick is one of the most likely candidates to join Eddie Jones, having worked with him during his time in charge with Japan. The former England captain helped transform the Brave Blossoms pack into one of the most effective units in the 2015 World Cup. Their driving maul and lineout work was among the best in the competition, while there work around the ruck was superb and Borthwick was a huge factor in this.
His knowledge of the line-out is unparalleled and his highly rated by Jones, despite recently joining Bristol it would be a major surprise if Borthwick doesn’t join the coaching staff. Jones may also turn to Marco Del Maso as a specialist scrum coach having also worked with him as coach of Japan.
Alternatives: Graham Rowntree, Alex Sanderson
Shaun Edwards (Defence)
The former rugby league great is regarded as one of the world’s finest defence coaches. His work with Wasps and Wales proves that he is a coach of the highest calibre. Edwards has been part of the Welsh set-up with Warren Gatland since 2008 and has transformed their defence into one of the most uncompromising in the international game.
Edwards has yet to sign a contract extension with the WRU and this is the best chance Jones will have to get his man. Jones has spoken of the importance of developing a coach to take over his role at the end of 2019, Edwards seems to fit that mould perfectly.
Alternatives: Andy Farrell, Paul Gustard
Alex King (Attack)
This is a coaching position is probably the most open with several candidates who have yet tor really cut their teeth at international level. Alex King was a great fly-half in his playing days and has made a big impact since moving into coaching.
He worked as the backs coach with Clermont Auvergne one of European rugby’s most attacking and exciting sides. In 2013 he joined Northampton Saints and been a key man in transforming the Saints into an expansive side. The former Wasps star was in the running to join the coaching set-up when Stuart Lancaster was in charge, but decided to stay in club rugby. But with more experience under his belt now looks the perfect time for King to make the step up.
Alternatives: Mike Catt, Mark Mapletoft
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