Tue 2 Feb 2021 | 02:30

John Mitchell decides his England coaching future

John Mitchell decides his England coaching future
Tue 2 Feb 2021 | 02:30
John Mitchell decides his England coaching future
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NEWS: England assistant coach John Mitchell has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract extension.

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It will see defensive specialist Mitchell work with England until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Mitchell joined Eddie Jones’ coaching staff in September 2018.

Mitchell said: “I’m really happy to sign this contract extension. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time here with England and working with such a talented group of players, coaches and staff.

“It takes a long time to really build these relationships and I wanted to continue to carry on the work that we’re all doing to achieve just what we’re capable of here with England.

“I also think it’s the right place for me to evolve and challenge myself as a coach, I’m learning all the time and that’s only going to help me to improve the players and contribute more to this team. I really feel we have the potential to do some special things here.”

Eddie Jones added: “I’m very pleased to have Mitch here with us as we work to our goal of winning the World Cup in 2023.

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“He’s an experienced and skilled test coach and adds great value to the coaching staff and player development.”

England open their Six Nations campaign this weekend at Twickenham Stadium. They will face Scotland in the Calcutta Cup on Saturday

They will then take on Italy at home on Saturday, February 13 before playing Wales away on Saturday, February 27.

England will return to Twickenham to face France on Saturday, March 13 before travelling to Dublin for their final game, against Ireland, on Saturday, March 20.

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