Eddie Jones says John Mitchell will bring a “wealth of experience” with him after being named England’s new defence coach. The Kiwi has been on the RFU’s radar for some time and, after weeks of negotiations, they have agreed a £200,000 compensation package with Super Rugby outfit The Bulls, with Mitchell having been the head coach at Loftus Versfeld.
Mitchell has signed with England until the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup having previously been the team’s forwards coach between 1997-2000 under Clive Woodward, while he was also in charge of New Zealand at the 2003 global showpiece.
Jones feels the 54-year-old’s experience can boost an area of the game the Red Rose have been struggling in of late and has backed the new recruit to have a significant impact on the squad.
“Defence is a key pillar of our game and John is an experienced coach,” Jones said. “He’s coached the All Blacks, USA Rugby and a number of Super Rugby sides so he will bring a wealth of experience and add to the coaching mix we have here.”
Mitchell will first work with the squad in the upcoming Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia. He will be joined by Scott Wisemantel who has been retained as attack coach for the November series.