Jones rings the changes to England set-up

Jones rings the changes to England set-up

New England head coach Eddie Jones has began overhauling his back-room staff with coaches Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt all axed.

The exits follow Stuart Lancaster’s departure as head coach last month after England became the first host nation not to reach the World Cup pool stages.

“Having met with all of the coaches to talk through the future direction, we felt it was the right time to make changes,” said former Wallabies coach Jones.

“On behalf of the players that have benefited from their coaching and the RFU, I wish them the very best for the future.”

Current Saracens defence and forwards coach Paul Gustard and ex-England captain Steve Borthwick are expected to join a new-look coaching support team.

“They are all experienced guys and have contributed greatly to this England team over recent years, and I know everyone at the Union is appreciative of their hard work and commitment,” said Jones, who succeeded Lancaster on a four-year deal in November.

The axed trio – all England internationals – coached England to 22 victories in 36 Tests, with the highlight being a Twickenham win against world champions New Zealand in 2012.

But this year’s World Cup campaign was a failure, with England suffering pool stage defeats against Wales and Australia that destroyed any hope of them reaching the quarter-finals.

Lancaster departed within a fortnight of the tournament finishing, with Jones appointed shortly afterwards.

Former Wigan rugby league star Farrell became England backs coach in 2011 and, together with forwards specialist Rowntree, was part of the 2013 British and Irish Lions coaching staff under Warren Gatland that claimed a Test series-winning triumph against Australia.

Former Leicester prop Rowntree, meanwhile, joined the England coaching set-up in 2008, initially working with Lancaster’s predecessor Martin Johnson, while former Bath and London Irish back Catt took up an England skills coach role in 2012.

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