Eddie Jones has finalised his England senior men’s coaching set-up with the appointments of Richard Cockerill and Anthony Seibold.
Cockerill joins as a forwards coach and will work alongside Matt Proudfoot. He had a distinguished playing career, winning 27 caps for England and making more than 250 appearances for Leicester Tigers, along with spells with Coventry and Montferrand.
He became Leicester head coach in 2009 and won the Premiership title on three occasions (2009, 2010 and 2013). Cockerill has been rugby consultant at Toulon and spent four years at Edinburgh Rugby.
Seibold has been appointed as England defence coach. He arrives from his most recent role as head coach of the Brisbane Broncos in Australia’s National Rugby League. He was previously head coach at South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he was named the NRL Daily M coach of the year in 2018 and has coached at a number of clubs including Manly Sea Eagles, Melbourne Storm and Queensland in the State of Origin series.
Seibold’s playing career, included spells in England with Hull KR and London Broncos, along with Canberra Raiders and Brisbane Broncos in the NRL. He is currently a coaching mentor at Newcastle Knights.
The coaching team will first work with the England squad at a mini-camp at The Lensbury next month [26-28 September].
England will then begin preparations for their three Test matches at Twickenham Stadium this autumn with a week’s training camp in Jersey [25-29 October]. They will be hosted by Jersey Reds and use the facilities at the Strive high performance centre, adjacent to the rugby club.
The squad will then return to play Tonga on Saturday 6 November (3.15pm KO). England will then take on Australia on Saturday 13 November (5.30pm KO) and South Africa on Saturday 20 November (3.15pm KO).
Jones said: “We’re two years from the World Cup so we wanted to freshen up our coaching team and get the right people in place for where we want to go – which is to win the World Cup.
“We’ve added Richard to the team to work with Matt to create a dominant forward pack. He’s a former England player, has great coaching experience and comes in as a well-rounded, mature, driven English coach.
“Anthony is a coach that I have had a relationship with since 2019 and have followed his career closely. He is a good coach and thinks deeply about the game. John Mitchell did a great job improving us in defence and Anthony will add further nuances to the good system that he has put into place.
“It’s an exciting time for rugby with the new season starting, supporters back in the stadium and the return of the grassroots game this weekend – with the rugby community celebrating being back together at Pitch Up for Rugby events around the country. We’re looking forward to getting the squad back together and growing this England team.”