By Ali Stokes
In an exclusive news story broken by the Daily Mail last night, England Head Coach Eddie Jones will be forced to dig deep into his own pocket for any additional consultants.
In addition to having to step in to save the job of England World Cup winning backrow and current England team manager Richard Hill, who was appointed by Jones in 2016 in a mentoring capacity for the players.
Since his own appointment as England boss some three seasons ago, Jones has utilised the services of Wallaby Test centurion George Smith as a breakdown specialist, Australian attack consultants Glen Ella and Andrew Johns, visual skills coach Dr Sherylle Calder, scrum specialist Marc Dal Maso, former England and Bath player Graham Dawe and Hill's 2003 team member Johnny Wilkinson.
As reported by the Mail, Wilkinson will be the only consultant to remain on the RFU's payroll, while Jones will be forced to dip into his own salary to bring in the professionals he believes will help England build to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
This financial restriction comes following the news earlier this year that over 60 employees would be cut from the RFU's payroll, at both office and grassroots level. Additionally, the construction work currently underway on Twickenham's East Stand has exceeded its original budget by a staggering £10million.
With England's current failings on the pitch and the lack of any recognised attack or defence coaches since the departures of defence guru and current Harlequins Head of Rugby Paul Gustard over the summer and attack and skills coach Rory Teague in 2017, the question marks hanging over the current Red Rose structure begin to grow.
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