Steve Borthwick

"As fit as I've ever seen him" - Steve Borthwick on the inclusion of Billy Vunipola as Saracens star nears return

Whilst the absence of Henry Slade from England's World Cup plans grabbed many headlines on Monday, the selection of Billy Vunipola was also a standout call made by Steve Borthwick.
7 August 2023

Steve Borthwick confirms England's Rugby World Cup squad with Henry Slade not included

Steve Borthwick has confirmed his official 33-man squad for the Rugby World Cup but centre Henry Slade and back-row Alex Dombrandt miss the cut + what next for England's midfield.
7 August 2023

Austin Healey: Back-row battle, why Owen Farrell should be first choice and the need for England to be flexible

Interview: Four-time Premiership winner and TNT Sports pundit shares his thoughts on Steve Borthwick's current squad ahead of England's opening World Cup warm-up game against Wales.
3 August 2023

'That's the magic of our back-row make up' - Ben Earl on competition for World Cup places and Steve Borthwick's direct approach

Ben Earl has revealed that Steve Borthwick's personal touch when delivering news to his players has been appreciated by the squad as the Saracens flanker looks to nail down his place in England's World Cup plans.
25 July 2023

England duo Ollie Lawrence and Jack Walker sustain injuries during training

England have been dealt a double blow during their Rugby World Cup preparations with Ollie Lawrence and Jack Walker sustaining injuries during a training session.
21 June 2023

Exclusive: ‘I don’t think I was expecting to start’ – Nic Dolly ahead of return for Barbarians

Prior to turning out for the Barbarians at Twickenham to take on a World XV coached by Steve Hansen, Leicester Tigers and England hooker spoke to Joe Harvey about his return from long-term injury and why pre-season starts now.
28 May 2023

Tom Harrison appointed as new England scrum coach

England have confirmed the appointment of Tom Harrison as the new scrum coach leading to this year's Rugby World Cup.
8 May 2023

England are 'learning fast' but Ireland's cohesion is what Steve Borthwick will want to replicate

With the odds overwhelming stacked against them to scupper Ireland's Grand Slam dreams, Steve Borthwick has made four changes to his England side as he continues to search for cohesiveness.
17 March 2023

‘It shows just how much work we have to do’ – Borthwick and Genge reflect on France defeat

After a heaviest ever defeat at Twickenham Stadium, England head coach, Steve Borthwick, and captain on the day, Ellis Genge, spoke of their disappointment at losing 10-53 to France as Ireland encounter looms.
12 March 2023

Owen Farrell: ‘This will make us have a good look at ourselves’

After a heavy 10-53 loss to France on Saturday evening, England captain Owen Farrell spoke about the defeat and where he and his teammates will put their focus ahead of Ireland next weekend in Dublin.
12 March 2023

'Big gap between England and top teams' - Steve Borthwick after defeat to France

England head coach Steve Borthwick admitted that he was incredibly disappointed following his side's record defeat against France in the fourth round of the Six Nations tournament at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday.
12 March 2023

France dominate dismal England 10-53 in Six Nations whitewash

It was a difficult day at Twickenham in the Guinness Six Nations as France ran riot against England, picking up a record 10-53 victory at the home of English rugby and leaving Steve Borthwick plenty of questions to ask ahead of Ireland next weekend in Dublin.
11 March 2023

‘I pick players for the strengths they bring’ – Borthwick backs Smith selection for France

After selecting Marcus Smith over his captain, Owen Farrell, to start against France this weekend in the Guinness Six Nations, Steve Borthwick spoke about selection and picking the correct players for the correct opponents.
9 March 2023

Ludlam and Borthwick speak about ‘brilliant’ Genge ahead of Test captaincy debut

In England’s live press conference broadcast on YouTube, Steve Borthwick described his captain for this weekend’s clash with France as a “fantastic leader”, while Lewis Ludlam called his international teammate “brilliant”.
9 March 2023

Genge takes England captaincy as Farrell replaced by Smith for France clash

For England’s clash with France in the fourth round of the Guinness Six Nations, Steve Borthwick has dropped his captain, Owen Farrell, from the starting fly-half slot in favour of Marcus Smith.
9 March 2023

With spots up for debate Borthwick should stick with England back-row as World Cup approaches

With France coming this Saturday in the Guinness Six Nations, TRU’s Joe Harvey has taken a look at England’s back-row and why Steve Borthwick should stick with the combination of Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis and Alex Dombrandt with just six games before the Rugby World Cup.
8 March 2023

'He did what Steve asked him' - Matson and Care heap praise on recalled Smith

Following Marcus Smith's Man of the Match performance in Harlequins' 40-5 win over Exeter Chiefs in Big Game 14, Tabai Matson and Danny Care spoke about the England fly-half ahead of his return to Steve Borthwick's Six Nations squad on Sunday.
5 March 2023

Borthwick explains Smith omission as Matson and Care believe future is bright for fly-half

While it may well be a fallow week in the Guinness Six Nations, Steve Borthwick’s omission of Marcus Smith from a three-day training camp at Brighton College has certainly caused some commotion.
28 February 2023

Borthwick encourages Smith to play “Test rugby” for Harlequins after squad omission

After leaving Marcus Smith out of his 26-man squad taking part in a three-day training camp in Brighton, England head coach Steve Borthwick has encouraged the Harlequins fly-half to go out and play “Test match” rugby against Exeter Chiefs this Saturday.
28 February 2023

‘We do know there are issues in rugby right now’ – Borthwick sympathy for Wales ahead of Six Nations clash

After over a week’s discontent surrounding whether or not England’s trip to Wales would be postponed, Steve Borthwick says his squad “empathise wholeheartedly” with what their opponents have had to go through.
23 February 2023