Brett Hodgson to replace Anthony Seibold as England defence coach

Eddie Jones will have a new defence coach
Eddie Jones will have a new defence coach

England have announced that former rugby league star Brett Hodgson will join the team as the defence coach.

The 44-year-old will replace Anthony Seibold with the latter set to join National Rugby League side Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Hodgson has made over 350 appearances in the rugby league and started his coaching career with Hull and Widnes Vikings in 2013. He also worked with Wests Tigers before joining Hull as head coach in 2020.

“I’ve known Brett for a few years now,” England head coach Eddie Jones said in a statement.

“He first visited us in Bristol in 2018 and I’ve been to Hull on a few occasions. He was an outstanding league player and he’s a talented, hard-working young coach who is developing.

“He will continue the good work that Anthony has done since he joined us. We’re disappointed to lose Anthony but pleased for him as a career move. It’s great to see assistant coaches move on to head coach roles.”

Meanwhile, Hodgson, who will be the fourth defence coach under Eddie Jones is looking forward to be part of England with the World Cup scheduled next year.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the staff and this group of players,” Hodgson said.

“There is some real talent here and it’s something I feel I can make a contribution to in helping this team succeed.”

Having suffered a defeat against Argentina in the opening autumn international fixture, England will also be facing Japan, New Zealand and South Africa on 12th, 19th and 26th November respectively.