Borthwick’s appointment a ‘done deal’ – report

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) are set to announce the appointment of Steve Borthwick as an assistant to new England head coach Eddie Jones.

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Borthwick looks certain to be the first of several possible appointments by Jones with whom he worked as a line-out specialist for Japan at the recent Rugby World Cup. 

Borthwick joined Bristol after the World Cup as their forwards coach but the RFU approached the Championship club formally about hiring the former England captain and lock as a coach.

Although two well-placed sources told The Telegraph that Borthwick's appointment is a "done deal" it might not be confirmed until next week.

A crucial part of Jones' job is to help develop a head coach that will take over the reins from him and it appears that Borthwick has been identified for that position.

RFU chief executive, Ian Ritchie, has said that he wants Jones to groom a successor who could replace him after the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

There is still uncertainty whether Jones will retain the services of former England head coach Stuart Lancaster's assistants – Graham Rowntree, Andy Farrell and Mike Catt.

The trio all held meetings with Jones earlier this week. A source said they may retain their positions until at least after the Six Nations.