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Eddie Jones Continues England Backroom Team Shake-Up

Eddie Jones has wasted no time in getting stuck into his job as England head coach. 

The former Japan coach is tasked with taking English rugby back to its previous heights following below par results at the recent Rugby World Cup.

With this in mind, a shake-up of the entire coaching staff was almost an inevitability and today news has filtered through that Graham Rowntree has been released as England forwards coach.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10:  Graham Rowntree, Forwards Coach of England looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Graham Rowntree, Forwards Coach of England looks on prior to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Uruguay at Manchester City Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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The Telegraph report that Rowntree was informed on Friday by Jones that he would be relieved of his coaching role with England and that Bristol’s Steve Borthwick is to be the man to replace him.

Meanwhile, the paper also say that defence coach Andy Farrell could now go the same way as Rowntree with Saracens’ defence coach Paul Gustard definitely joining Jones and co. However, there has been no conformation as of yet concerning the future of Farrell.

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 28:  Paul Gustard, the Saracens defence coach shouts instructions during training at Saracens training ground on October 28, 2010 in St Albans, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Paul Gustard, the Saracens defence coach shouts instructions during training at Saracens training ground on October 28, 2010 in St Albans, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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While these moves are not unprecedented by any means, the entire England coaching staff will have a different feel to it in the new year with the likes of Rowntree having been involved since 2007.

The biggest change of all, however will be that of Jones and what sort of game he gets England playing. We don’t have long to wait though, with the Six Nations beginning in February.

Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena

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