Danny Care backs Borthwick and talks up England World Cup chances

  • Scrum-half says Steve Borthwick can be ‘very successful’
  • Care cites example of Harlequins’ 2021 Premiership title

Danny Care believes England can use their current turmoil to their advantage and spring a surprise at next year’s World Cup, insisting that Steve Borthwick would be “very successful” as Eddie Jones’s replacement.

With just five competitive matches before England begin their World Cup campaign, Borthwick would be up against it to turn a side who won five of their 12 matches in 2022 into contenders. Care, who was left out by Jones this autumn after earning a recall over the summer, said Ireland and France are among the nations out in front.

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Eddie Jones lined up for rapid return to Twickenham with the Barbarians

  • Sacked coach could take charge of invitational side in May
  • No clause in RFU severance package stopping Jones taking job

Eddie Jones’s first major coaching role since he was sacked by England could involve a swift return to Twickenham – less than six months after he was shown the door by the Rugby Football Union.

Before Jones’s seven-year tenure as England head coach ended on Tuesday it is believed he was being lined up by the Barbarians to take charge of the invitational side next May. It is understood there is no clause in Jones’s severance package that would prevent him from taking a new job immediately but while the 62-year-old has already been touted for a move back to Australia – who had a mixed autumn – well-placed sources consider that a more likely proposition in 2024, after next year’s World Cup.

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Steve Borthwick can ‘show pathway for English coaches’ says Rob Baxter

  • Rob Baxter says his rival has earned shot at England job
  • Exeter coach reveals surprise at timing of Eddie Jones sacking

Steve Borthwick will prove English-reared coaches are as talented as any of their overseas counterparts when he is formally anointed as Eddie Jones’s successor, according to one of his main Premiership rivals. With the Rugby Football Union preparing to unveil Borthwick as the new national head coach, Exeter’s Rob Baxter believes the pending appointment is a positive one which will be welcomed across the English game

On the day he and his Chiefs coaching staff confirmed new long-term deals to stay at Exeter for the next four years, Baxter suggested the entire Premiership will applaud the choice of an Englishman for the top role. “Personally, I think that’s what should be happening,” said Baxter, the last Premiership-based coach to win the European Cup. “If it’s Steve and it’s based on how he’s worked through in the Premiership that for me would be fantastic. It would show there’s a genuine pathway within this country and there’s a general feeling across the board that that’s what we’re trying to achieve.”

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