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Steve Borthwick: Six Nations is precedence, not Rugby World Cup; Owen Farrell as captain ‘simple’ | Rugby Union Information

Steve Borthwick, employed as England’s head coach after Eddie Jones was sacked, says England’s focus is the Six Nations, not the Rugby World Cup in eight months’ time; He says naming Owen Farrell captain was ‘simple’, including Farrell’s tackling “should change” after newest ban

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England head coach Steve Borthwick says Owen Farrell is a ‘improbable chief’ and it was a ‘simple’ choice to maintain him as captain

England head coach Steve Borthwick says Owen Farrell is a ‘improbable chief’ and it was a ‘simple’ choice to maintain him as captain

Steve Borthwick says England’s focus is on the upcoming Six Nations and never the Rugby World Cup in eight months’ time, including the choice to call Owen Farrell as captain was “simple”.

Head coach Borthwick, who changed Eddie Jones after the Australian was sacked on December 6 by the Rugby Soccer Union (RFU), additionally conceded Farrell’s tackling might want to change after the fly-half’s newest ban for a harmful sort out.

Talking on Monday after naming his squad for the 2023 Six Nations, Borthwick was clear in his solutions and route for the workforce.

The 43-year-old additionally refused to get side-tracked by the information Jones was appointed Australia head coach late on Sunday (UK time), in a transfer which might set in movement a reunion on the quarter-final stage of the World Cup in France.

“I do know the World Cup is across the nook however in 19 days’ time we play Scotland and that is our focus,” Borthwick stated.

Sky Sports News' James Cole analyzes Borthwick's selection decisions for his first Six Nations squad as England head coach, and a surprise move for his predecessor Eddie Jones

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Sky Sports activities Information’ James Cole analyzes Borthwick’s choice selections for his first Six Nations squad as England head coach, and a shock transfer for his predecessor Eddie Jones

Sky Sports activities Information’ James Cole analyzes Borthwick’s choice selections for his first Six Nations squad as England head coach, and a shock transfer for his predecessor Eddie Jones

“I am delighted for Eddie that he’s teaching his dwelling nation. The day that I used to be introduced as England head coach he despatched me a message wishing me the easiest and this morning (Monday), I despatched him a message wishing him the easiest.

“Each England sport issues, that is the place my focus is.”

Borthwick stressed that all England's focus is on the 2023 Six Nations, not the World Cup

Borthwick confused that every one England’s focus is on the 2023 Six Nations, not the World Cup

When requested if he had most popular Jones to take one other position, Borthwick responded: “Nothing to do with me, my job is to teach the England rugby workforce.

“I’ve talked in regards to the workforce we want to construct. Each England supporter desires to see an England workforce that performs with braveness and combat in each single contest and that finds a strategy to win. It is our job to teach that workforce.”

Borthwick worked under predecessor Eddie Jones for eight years (Japan 2012-2015, England 2015-2020)

Borthwick labored below predecessor Eddie Jones for eight years (Japan 2012-2015, England 2015-2020)

With Saracens playmaker Farrell at present serving a ban for a excessive sort out, and the very fact Borthwick named England prop Ellis Genge as his Leicester Tigers captain, and Courtney Lawes captained England forward of Farrell in the direction of the tip of Jones’ reign, there have been some recommendations Borthwick would identify a captain apart from Farrell.

Chatting with Sky Sports activitiesEngland’s head coach revealed it was a straightforward choice, nonetheless.

“With a choice akin to that, it is a choice you place a number of consideration into, as a result of that is what supporters of the England workforce deserve,” Borthwick instructed Sky Sports activities at Twickenham.

“The choice to go for Owen was simple. Within the sense that he’s a improbable participant, and an unbelievable chief, who has the respect of each single one of many gamers.

Farrell will lead England as captain under Borthwick, with the head coach saying it was 'a straightforward decision'

Farrell will lead England as captain below Borthwick, with the pinnacle coach saying it was ‘a simple choice’

“What does the workforce and supporters deserve? The very best choice you can also make. The management workforce of three, with Owen as captain, supported by Ellis [Genge] and Courtney [Lawes] as vice-captains, are three world-class gamers, three good leaders and nice males.

“An actual mix of personalities and strengths.”

James Cole says the omissions of Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Jonny May is evidence of Steve Borthwick looking to put his stamp on the England squad.

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James Cole says the omissions of Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Jonny Could is proof of Steve Borthwick trying to put his stamp on the England squad.

James Cole says the omissions of Billy Vunipola, Jack Nowell and Jonny Could is proof of Steve Borthwick trying to put his stamp on the England squad.

However the nature of Farrell’s excessive sort out on Gloucester’s Jack Clement is the newest instance of his technical suspect and has not gone unnoticed by Borthwick and his quantity two Kevin Sinfield, the protection coach.

“Proper throughout the game we all know we have to change. Owen totally accepts he wants to vary and is keen to work extraordinarily arduous at it,” Borthwick stated.

“Anyone who labored with me at Leicester will know the way arduous we went after sort out top. I believe for the pair of us, and the teaching workforce, we consider it is the easiest way to sort out.

“We are going to work arduous proper from day one on sort out top inside our squad. We’re not shying away from the truth that the sport has to vary. Our elite gamers might want to make some changes.”

Borthwick was hired as England head coach on December 19, with the 2023 Rugby World Cup beginning in September

Borthwick was employed as England head coach on December 19, with the 2023 Rugby World Cup starting in September

“England want braveness, confidence and combat”

England have simply 19 days till they face a Scotland aspect they haven’t overwhelmed at Twickenham since 2017 and Borthwick faces the problem of rebuilding perception and route after the troubled autumn that ended Jones’ reign.

With time restricted and foundations needing to be laid, the sport plan will initially be simplified within the quest to revive fortunes.

“As an England supporter watching these autumn sequence video games I used to be gutted,” Borthwick stated.

“The fact is that within the autumn sequence, when the stress got here on and issues went mistaken, or acquired challenged, the workforce didn’t have the readability to maneuver ahead and that is a degree the gamers have stated to me many occasions.

England's new defense coach Kevin Sinfield has backed Borthwick to succeed in his new role

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England’s new protection coach Kevin Sinfield has backed Borthwick to achieve his new position

England’s new protection coach Kevin Sinfield has backed Borthwick to achieve his new position

“The gamers want readability on how they will play. They should have the braveness to play to their strengths on the sector and combat in each single contest.

“We are going to make tactical modifications, we are going to enhance tactically over a time period, however essentially we have to exit onto that subject towards a Scotland workforce coming right here with a number of confidence and we have to combat.

“I am not going to be a coach who sits right here and begins speaking about time, or accidents, or availability. I’ve acquired the chance to teach the England rugby workforce.

“I’ve acquired some improbable gamers who’re determined to do effectively, determined to construct a workforce that we will all be happy with.”

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