Borthwick free to join England

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The RFU and Bristol have reached an agreement to release Steve Borthwick from his coaching contract with the Championship club.

Borthwick, who earlier this week agreed personal terms to join Eddie Jones’ coaching team, will begin work as England forwards coach with immediate effect.   

Ian Ritchie, RFU Chief Executive said: “We very much appreciate that our approach for Steve has come at a challenging time for Bristol during the season, and in such circumstances I thank them for reaching this agreement.

"I would like to thank in particular the club’s Chairman Chris Booy for concluding the matter.”

Chris Booy, Bristol chairman added: “On behalf of the club we wish Steve Borthwick the very best with England and we are pleased that we can move on and begin the process to recruit a new coach as quickly as possible.”