England head coach Eddie Jones on Monday began overhauling his
back-room staff with coaches Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt
The exits follow Stuart Lancaster's departure as head
coach last month after England became the first host nation not to reach
the World Cup knock-out stages.
"Having met with all of the
coaches to talk through the future direction, we felt it was the right
time to make changes," said Jones, 55, who previously coached South
Africa, Australia and Japan,
"On behalf of the players that have benefited from their coaching and the RFU, I wish them the very best for the future."
Saracens defence and forwards coach Paul Gustard and ex-England captain
Steve Borthwick are believed to be joining a new-look coaching support
"They are all experienced guys and have contributed greatly
to this England team over recent years, and I know everyone at the Union
is appreciative of their hard work and commitment," said Australian
Jones, who succeeded Lancaster on a four-year deal in November.
trio - all England internationals - coached England to 22 victories
in 36 Tests alongside Lancaster, with the highlight being a Twickenham
win against world champions New Zealand in 2012.
But this year's
World Cup campaign was a failure, with England suffering pool stage
defeats against Wales and Australia that destroyed any hope of them
reaching the quarter-finals.
Lancaster departed within a fortnight of the tournament finishing, with Jones appointed shortly afterwards.
Wigan rugby league star Farrell became England backs coach in 2011 and,
together with forwards specialist Rowntree, was part of the 2013
British and Irish Lions coaching staff under Warren Gatland that claimed
a Test series-winning triumph against Australia.
prop Rowntree, meanwhile, joined the England coaching set-up in 2008,
initially working with Lancaster's predecessor Martin Johnson, while
former Bath and London Irish back Catt took up an England skills coach
role in 2012.
The decision to axe Farrell
was sparked by heavy criticism from senior players in the post-World Cup
review, according to reports.
A significant number of the England squad told the RFU Farrell had to be held accountable for his role in the World Cup debacle.
was previously criticised in some quarters for allowing Farrell too
much authority and several players are thought to have told the review
panel England should play a more expansive game, suggesting Farrell was a
fan of the conservative approach.
With just 54 days before
England start their Six Nations campaign against Scotland at
Murrayfield, Jones has made his first significant move to put his own
stamp on the squad.
He hopes the changes will bring a fresh impetus that can reinvigorate his players.
Farrell, Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt, they are outstanding coaches, but I
just feel at this stage that for England we need to have some new
thoughts and new ideas come in," Jones said.
"Obviously, one of the most unpleasant things to do is to let people go. You try to give the people due process.
obviously spoke to a lot of people about what's happened with England,
got different views, from players, administrators and other coaches.
think (I need) guys that can work with me, that understand my
philosophy of play, that can add to my philosophy of play and can add to
England going forward."
Gustard is considering an offer to be one
of Jones's assistants, while current Bristol forwards coach Borthwick
is also thought to be firmly on the radar.