Eddie Jones’ England coaching staff has suffered a blow ahead of the Six Nations as newly-appointed skills coach Jason Ryles has chosen not to move to the UK from Australia amid concerns of Covid-19.
It is expected that Ryles and his family will make the move in time for England’s summer schedule.
Ryles has been assistant coach to Melbourne Storm in the NRL since 2016 – helping them to Premiership victory in 2017 as well as two other grand final appearances.
The RFU has released the following statement:
“Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, coach Jason Ryles and his family have chosen not to re-locate to England this month as they had originally planned.
“It is hoped Jason will rejoin the coaching team for England’s summer fixtures.
“England begin preparations for the 2021 Guinness Six Nations next week, when they meet at St. George’s Park.
“They will then move to their base, The Lensbury in Teddington, ahead of their opening fixture against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium (Saturday 6 February, 4.45pm KO).”