Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jones Cleans Slate and Ditches Lancaster's Leftovers

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jones Cleans Slate and Ditches Lancaster's Leftovers

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EDDIE Jones has declared it a time for 'new thoughts and new ideas' after making the first major move of his England coaching reign.

Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt are to leave their positions as England assistant coaches, the Rugby Football Union announced yesterday.

It follows Stuart Lancaster's exit as head coach last month after England became the first host nation in Rugby World Cup's 28-year history not to reach the knockout phase.

Australian Jones took charge as Lancaster's successor earlier this month, and it is expected that current Saracens defence and forwards coach Paul Gustard and ex-England captain Steve Borthwick will join a new-look coaching support team.

As part of Lancaster's set-up, Farrell, Rowntree and Catt - all former England internationals - coached England to 22 victories in 36 Tests, with the highlight being a Twickenham win against world champions New Zealand in 2012. …

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