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.
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.
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