With the Six Nations just weeks away, England head coach Eddie Jones as continued to make changes to his back room and support staff with the addition of World Cup winning coach Martin Proudfoot to his team.
Proudfoot who was a member of the South African coaching squad that beat England in the World Cup final in Japan last year has joined alongside fellow new arrival Simon Amor while John Mitchell and Steve Borthwick have been retained.
Amor comes in as an Attacking coach after a more than successful spell heading up the England Men’s and Women’s Seven’s programme, while Borthwick who has been linked with a move back to club rugby will know be used as a skills coach.
Proudfoot who although born in South Africa was a Scottish international had been with the Springboks for three years and will now take on a similar role under the guidance of Jones who was more than happy with his latest recruit.
“The Six Nations 2020 is a fresh start for the team so that is how we have approached our coaching staff. “With Neal Hatley moving to Bath we felt we needed to regenerate the forwards coaching area. Matt Proudfoot has had an outstanding coaching career to date culminating in being a World Cup-winning coach with South Africa.”
“He brings great technical expertise and knowledge having coached in South Africa and Japan and having played in Scotland and South Africa. We feel he can take the forwards to another level and build on the great work Neal and Steve have done over the last four years.”
With regards to the capture of Amor, who will return to the seven’s programme temporally to again take up the role of head coach following the Six Nations in order to guide Great Britian in the 2020 Olympic games Jones said;
“We have had our eyes on Simon for a while. We used him in the run up to the Rugby World Cup in some of our training camps. I have been very impressed with his dynamism, his rugby intellect and he will bring a fresh view on how we build our attack.
“We have done some great things under Scott Wisemantel and we will always be forever grateful for the work he did, but we are excited about Simon coming in and what he is going to bring.”
Amour himself is thrilled to be involved in the England full setup as he continued to say;
“I love my country and I love coaching. This opportunity to work at the highest level for my country is something I am incredibly passionate about and I am honoured to be joining Eddie's coaching team. The things I am most excited about are being able to learn in this environment and having an opportunity to help improve some great players and the team.
“I'm also keen to work closely with the Premiership club coaches, keep improving and getting better myself, further developing what I've learned in my career so far.”
England’s first game of the Six Nations will be in Paris when they take on France in two weeks’ time on February 1st.