RWC 2019 – John Mitchell signs England extension reports

There has been sufficiently gossip over England’s post RWC 2019 coaching group in current months with only Steve Borthwick of the assistant coaches, contracted long term to the RFU. Fans who want to watch the live action of Rugby can book Rugby World Cup Final Tickets online.

England Head coach Eddie Jones contracted a 2-year extension to his deal, which will see him continue his role through to 2021, while England searches for his successor.

England’s Assistant coaches Neal Hatley John and John Mitchell were both due to part ways with England after the Rugby World Cup with Neal Hatley set for a return to Bath coach as forwards coach under new director of rugby Stuart Hooper. John Mitchell, who the RFU paid a healthy payment package to the Bulls to secure, had not confirmed his next coaching target after the trip to Japan in this year.

RWC 2019 - John Mitchell signs England extension reports
RWC 2019 – John Mitchell signs England extension reports

However, Mitchell is set to sign a two-year extension to his current contract, just as Jones did, which will take him through to 2021 as England’s defense coach.

New Zealander could then possibly be in the frame to replace Jones as a head coach or even feature on the British and Irish Lions coaching staff with the previous obligatory Farrell likely to be very busy in his role as Ireland’s head coach. Borthwick will also be possible in the running, with the former Bath and Saracens forward having been mentored by Jones throughout his coaching career so far.

John Mitchell gaining by England was treated with a reasonable amount of skepticism when first announced, thanks in part due to the long list of clubs and unions Mitchell had worked at, many for short tenures. But his effect on the England defense, which has become more destructive and opportunistic has helped the side turn around following their 2017/18 dip in form.

Having coached the USA, Bulls and England all within the last 3 years, it looks as if John Mitchell will remain in one place for the next few years and continue contributing to the rises of Maro Itoje Tom Curry and England’s other emerging stars, as the team improves their skills to force turnovers and counter-attack on the transition.

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