Felix Jones to join England as assistant coach after World Cup

England coach Steve Borthwick
England coach Steve Borthwick

England have announced that Felix Jones will be joining the backroom staff following the Rugby World Cup scheduled in France later this year.

The 35-year-old played for Ireland 13 times while also representing Munster 90 times in a career spanned between 2009 and 2015.

He started his coaching career with Munster in 2016 as technical coach before shifting to backs coach role in 2017. Jones also joined South Africa as a coaching consultant in 2019 during which they went on to win the World Cup.

“Our immediate focus is on preparation for the Rugby World Cup 2023. We are continuing to build our programme to be in a position to compete to be world champions once again," said Borthwick told in a statement released by the board.

"At the same time, I also want to ensure we are preparing for long term success for this England team and I am excited that a coach as talented as Felix is joining next year.

"Felix has been competing at the top of world rugby during his four years with South Africa and will bring invaluable experience to our set up. Like with Aled Walters, Felix was an integral part of the team that won the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

"Together with Richard Wigglesworth and Kevin Sinfield, we are putting in place a coaching team who have spent their careers at the highest level competing for trophies. That is exactly what we want for this England team”.

Meanwhile, Richard Wigglesworth and Aled Walters and conditioning will join Borthwick and defence coach Kevin Sinfield at the end of the Premiership season.