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Steve Borthwick To Assist Western Force

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Steve Borthwick will join up with the Western Force during their pre-season preparations.

Steve Borthwick has had an incredible 2016. In the immediate aftermath of England’s 2015 World Cup campaign, the former second row found himself in charge of Bristol’s forward pack.

However the appointment of Eddie Jones as England coach saw the relatively inexperienced Borthwick brought into the England set-up. 13 straight victories later and the former Saracens lock now finds himself included included among Warren Gatland’s coaching team ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Clearly a coach of immense talent, Borthwick is now going to assist in the Western Force’s pre-season preparations ahead of their 2017 Super Rugby campaign. According to ESPN, The 57 times capped England international will fly out to Perth on Thursday to spend two weeks coaching with the beleaguered Super Rugby franchise.

In doing so, Borthwick will become the latest coach to take part in a exchange programme Eddie Jones seems to have initiated soon after taking charge of England.

So far under Jones,  Melbourne Rebels coach Jason Ryles has spent some time in the England camp, while Borthwick sat in on some of the NRL team’s training sessions last June.

Glen Ella joined Jones’ staff as a coaching consultant during England’s tour of Australia, while former Rugby League star Andrew Johns also spent time with Owen Farrell and George Ford.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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