HELP WANTED: Attack coach for England

Tue, 08 May 2018 07:48
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: After England's dismal Six Nations campaign, Eddie Jones has finally admitted that he needs some extra help for their upcoming Test Series against the Springboks in June.

The England side have been without a backs specialist since May 2017 after Rory Teague left the set-up to join Bordeaux.

Teague's absence was evident during the Six Nations as the side finished fifth - one of their worst performances in 31 years.

Before they embark on their journey to South Africa, England will face the Barbarians in a non-cap match at the end of the month.

And the coach has told BBC Sport, that they certainly need to bring in some extra brain power for the crucial three-Test Series commencing on June 9 in Johannesburg.

"Certainly we need to bring in another coach to help with the attack," Jones said, adding: "We are looking to take another coach on tour, and I've got the right person for this tour.

"When the time is right we will announce it. It's certainly someone I have worked with before,"\

According to the BBC there are a couple of names who can join Jones' backroom staff - Wallaby Glen Ella or England utility back Sam Vesty.

But one thing is certain, the coach Jones appoints for the South Africa tour is unlikely to join his backroom team on a permanent basis at this stage.

"It has always been the case that we are looking for the right coach and when I can find the right coach who is available I will bring him on to the staff," he added.

Jones will also need to appoint a new captain for the trip, with regular skipper Dylan Hartley ruled out through a concussion.

While in terms of squad news, the Australian revealed that he will certainly depend on experienced players to combat a resurgent South Africa under new head coach Rassie Erasmus.

"We need to take some experienced players, but certainly there will be opportunities for young players and fringe players," said Jones.

"It's always been a big tour. England have never won in South Africa, they have a 23 percent winning record in South Africa.

"So we can do something no other English side has ever done,"

Source: @BBCSport