England coach culling

England assistant coaches Mike Catt, Andy Farrell and Graham Rowntree will all leave their positions effective immediately.

All three were part of Stuart Lancaster’s coaching group, but with Eddie Jones coming in as head coach, England are clearly intent on starting with a clean slate.

‘Having met with all of the coaches to talk through the future direction, we felt it was the right time to make changes,’ Jones commented. ‘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.

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

Farrell served as backs coach, while Rowntree was in charge of the forwards, with Catt acting as the skills coach.

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Craig Lewis