Tom Harrison appointed as new England scrum coach

England head coach Steve Borthwick
England head coach Steve Borthwick

England have confirmed the appointment of Tom Harrison as the new scrum coach leading to this year's Rugby World Cup.

Harrison played professional rugby in England and France and moved into full time coaching in 2015. After working in community coaching roles with Bristol Bears and Bath Rugby in 2016, he was appointed Programme Lead and Men’s Rugby Head Coach at Loughborough College.

He was part of the coaching panel at Leicester Tigers which went on to win the Premiership title last season under Steve Borthwick.

"Richard has a proven track record as a player and a player coach," said Borthwick.

"You can see what an excellent job he has done as head coach of Leicester Tigers in the past few months.

"He has played at Rugby World Cups and has coaching experience in 2019, and understands the unique demands of the tournament and the support that players need.

"He knows a lot of the players very well and will bring different insights to the coaching team. Along with Kevin and Aled, I am pleased with the balance and wide range of experience that the coaching staff will have.

"We know this World Cup will be highly competitive, but we are genuinely excited by what this group of coaches and players can achieve in France."

Apart from Harrison, Richard Wigglesworth will be taking the role of attack and kicking coach while Aled Walters will be in charge of strength and conditioning.

England Sevens head coach Tony Roques will work as contact and skills coach with Kevin Sinfield continuing as defence coach.

written by TPP - The Punters Page