England boss Eddie Jones takes another blow as John Mitchell quits defense coach to join Wasps

England boss Eddie Jones takes another blow as John Mitchell steps down as defense coach just five months after signing a new contract to join Wasps

  • John Mitchell has quit his role as England defense coach to join Wasps
  • Simon Amor was fired as strike coach after dismal Six Nations campaign
  • Eddie Jones only has one senior assistant two years away from the World Cup

John Mitchell is the latest England coach to leave Eddie Jones’ line-up with him at Wasps.

The defensive coach only signed a new deal five months ago, but now leaves Jones with just one senior assistant coach two years off the World Cup.

With Simon Amor, the old strike coach, chasing the Six Nations and now New Zealander Mitchell following only scrum coach Matt Proudfoot.

Eddie Jones (left) must find a new defense coach after John Mitchell (right) quit to join Wasps

Wasps Head Coach Lee Blackett said: ‘We are delighted to add John to the coaching group for this season. He brings a wealth of knowledge and will only improve our play area.

“Once we knew John was available, we made it a priority to get him back to Wasps.

“It’s rare to find someone of John’s caliber, both internationally and nationally. He fits the profile we were looking for and adds to our talented group of coaches.

Simon Amor was sacked as attacking coach after England's dismal Six Nations campaign

Simon Amor was sacked as attacking coach after England’s dismal Six Nations campaign

“John’s primary role will be to lead the attack, but with his broad experience at the highest level, he will assist at a number of levels. He understands that Wasps has worked here before and his passion for the club and improving our players has been apparent from the start.

“The support of the board to make this possible is a testament to the ambition of this club.”

Jones said: ‘I want to thank John for his hard work and dedication over the past four years, he will go on with the best wishes from everyone in the England team.

“I’m sure he’ll do a great job in his new role at Wasps.”