John Mitchell: England eye ex-All Blacks boss for defence coach position
Former New Zealand boss John Mitchell is known to be head coach Eddie Jones’ primary goal to interchange Paul Gustard as England defence coach.
Mitchell is head coach on the Blue Bulls in Pretoria and was assistant to Clive Woodward with England between 1997 and 2000.
The 54-year-old’s contract in South Africa runs till 2019, so an early launch would want negotiating.
The Rugby Soccer Union (RFU) refused to remark when approached by the BBC.
England have been with no defence coach since Gustard’s departure to Harlequins following the tour of South Africa in June.
Whereas the Bulls have harassed Mitchell is beneath contract, it’s believed the RFU can be ready to pay compensation.
The RFU itself acquired a monetary bundle from Quins to safe Gustard’s early launch from his England deal, which was attributable to expire after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Mitchell’s potential appointment can be a daring one by Jones.
A back-row ahead with Waikato in his taking part in days, the New Zealander has constructed a formidable teaching CV with spells with Eire, Wasps, the Chiefs, the Western Power, Sale and the Johannesburg-based Lions so as to add to his work with England and the All Blacks.
He was additionally the top coach of the USA Eagles as lately as 2017 earlier than his transfer to Pretoria.
Nevertheless, this season with the Bulls has been a chastening one, with the facet successful simply six out of sixteen matches and ending backside of the South African convention ladder.
“John Mitchell knowledgeable us that curiosity was proven in his companies, however no formal provide has nevertheless been acquired,” mentioned a Bulls assertion.
“The Blue Bulls Firm would moreover like to verify that John Mitchell’s contract expires on October 31, 2019.”