Matt Proudfoot, John Mitchell to return to haunt Springboks?

England coach Eddie Jones says British & Irish Lions mentor Warren Gatland has made contact together with his teaching employees forward of subsequent 12 months’s tour of South Africa.


Gatland’s British & Irish Lions are scheduled to journey South Africa for an eight-match tour, together with three Tests in opposition to the Springboks, beginning in July 2021.

Jones has inspired his assistant coaches to take up positions on the Lions teaching employees if the chance presents itself after discovering out Gatland had approached the Rugby Football Union (RFU) concerning the chance.

‘There has been contact. Warren has gone round the unions and chatted to the CEOs about potential staff,’ Jones revealed.

‘We are open to any alternative for our employees and coaches to develop. We will wait and see.”


According to a report within the Telegraph, England forwards coach Matt Proudfoot and defence coach John Mitchell are on Gatland’s radar and each are front-runners to take up related roles inside the Lions set-up.

It can be a shrewd transfer on the astute Gatland’s half to concerned each Proudfoot and Mitchell in his teaching set-up.

Both have intimate information of not solely the Springboks, however rugby in South Africa.

Proudfoot was the Springboks’ forwards coach finally 12 months’s Rugby World Cup in Japan. Somewhat surprisingly to many, his contract wasn’t renewed in 2020.

Mitchell has coached each the Lions and Bulls, and can also be a earlier All Blacks coach.


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