By Ali Stokes
Earlier today, Rugby Pass revealed that England forwards coach Steve Borthwick was close to following in the footsteps of defence coach Paul Gustard, having applied for the top job at Ulster.
Former interim Ulster boss Jono Gibbs left his role earlier this season for family reasons and was replaced by former Scotland forwards coach Dan McFarland in favour of Borthwick.
If he had been successful, Eddie Jones would have faced the prospect of losing his two right-hand men in a matter of months. With England’s current on-field struggles, negative messages are beginning to seep out of the England camp after reported verbal altercations with fans, the ever-growing list of serious in-camp injuries and this most recent revelation of key staff pursuing exits with little over a year to go until the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Just yesterday, Borthwick had publicly backed Eddie Jones, hailing his leadership skills and continuity. Read full quotes here.
From all signs coming out of the England camp, the suggestion that the atmosphere is not as rosy as the national set-up would lead us to believe will make for worrying reading for England fans.
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