Steve Borthwick to join Leicester Tigers in July

Steve Borthwick has worked with Japan, Bristol and England previously
Steve Borthwick has worked with Japan, Bristol and England previously

Leicester Tigers have confirmed that England's assistant coach Steve Borthwick will join the Gallagher Premiership club in July.

The club announced securing the services of Borthwick as head coach in January with the 40-year-old set to head to Welford Road initially post his Six Nations commitment with England but with the pandemic coronavirus hampering the season, Leicester have confirmed that he will be joining them on 1st July with Geordan Murphy moving to director of rugby role.

Borthwick had been the forwards coach of England since Eddie Jones took in charge of the red rose team post the 2015 World Cup and had been shifted to skills coach for the upcoming Six Nations tournament. He also held a consultant role with Japan in 2012 before taking the role full-time under Jones during the 2015 World Cup.

Borthwick also had a stint with Bristol as forwards coach.

“I am delighted to be joining Leicester Tigers as head coach,” he said. “To get Leicester Tigers back to the top is a great challenge and one I am very excited about.”

“We realise that we have a lot of work to do, and I know that everybody at the club is determined to work tirelessly to succeed in this challenge.

“We also know that every single one of our fantastic supporters will be doing all they can to help drive this team forward.”

Murphy, who was appointed the coach of the side after Matt O'Connor's departure welcomed Borthwick to the club.

“Steve has coached at the highest level of the game for almost a decade and brings with him a wealth of experience to Leicester Tigers.”

“We are excited about this next step on the club’s journey, with Steve playing a major role in that, and we are committed to the hard work we know is necessary to see Tigers achieving the results we expect of ourselves in Leicester.

“There is no quick-fix and each and every member of our club, from players to coaches and staff to supporters, will need to play their part in seeing us right the wrongs of recent seasons.”