Springbok coach linked with England job

Springbok coach linked with England job

Eddie Jones may need to rebuild his backroom staff in the new year with Scott Wisemantel and Steve Borthwick set to leave the national set up.

Wisemantel is said to join Dave Rennie's coaching set up in Australia with England’s scrum coach Neal Hatley having already rejoined Bath, while the forwards' coach Steve Borthwick is reportedly set to join Leicester Tigers, either before or after the Six Nations.

Jones is said to have identified Northampton Saints coach Sam Vesty as a replacement for the departing Wisemantel while he will reportedly look a bit further from home for Borthwick's replacement.
According to a report by Netwerk24, Jones is looking to add Springbok assistant coach Matt Proudfoot to his coaching staff.
Proudfoot has been part of the Springbok set up since the start of 2016 and stayed on as the forwards coach after the departure of Allister Coetzee in 2018.
He had success with the Springboks in 2019 as the side went on to the win the Rugby World Cup losing just two scrums and one lineout on their way to lifting the William Webb Ellis Cup.
Proudfoot was thought to be in the running for the Springbok head coach role but he was ruled out of the running early on as Deon Davids and Jacques Nienaber emerged as front runners.
According to an insider in the Springbok set up, Proudfoot was not initially wanted in the Bok coaching staff by Rassie Erasmus with the forward coach determined to see out his contract that expired at the end of the World Cup.
The insider told the South African Sunday Times 'They didn't really want him part of the set-up but he had a four-year contract that he was determined to see out [his contract]'.
He is set to be replaced by Deon Davids in the coaching team.


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