Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell comes to the defense of England after agreeing a deal with RFU

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell will start working as England's defense guru next month

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell comes to the defense of England after agreeing a deal with RFU

  • Kiwi, 54, was in charge of New Zealand between 2001 and 2003
  • Mitchell has finalized the terms until the end of next year's World Cup in Japan
  • RFU must agree compensation with the South African franchise Blue Bulls

Chris Foy for the Daily Mail

John Mitchell will start working as England's new defense guru next month, now that former head coach All Blacks has officially agreed to an agreement to replace Paul Gustard.

There was intense speculation that Kiwi, 54, who was in charge of New Zealand between 2001 and 2003, having worked in Sir Clive Woodward's organization in England, was a target for the role. Sportsmail can confirm that Mitchell has finalized the terms with the RFU until the end of next year's World Cup.

It is understood that the union is negotiating a compensation payment with Blue Bulls, the South African Super Rugby franchise based in Pretoria, where Mitchell is head coach.

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell will start working as England's defense guru next month

Former All Blacks coach John Mitchell will start working as England's defense guru next month

However, the outcome of that process is considered an inevitable conclusion and will be moved to London next month.

It is believed that Jones held a meeting with Mitchell during the tour of England by South Africa in June, with the aim of offering him the position that has vacated Gustard, who assumed the position of head coach at Harlequins.

The news that the agreement has been made follows closely after Wigan announced that Shaun Edwards, who was also promoted as the first candidate, will return to the rugby league after the World Cup, after a decade of service to Wales, under Warren Gatland.

Paul Gustard left the coaching staff of Eddie Jones to be head of rugby at Harlequins

Paul Gustard left the coaching staff of Eddie Jones to be head of rugby at Harlequins

Paul Gustard left the coaching staff of Eddie Jones to be head of rugby at Harlequins

Mitchell was an unconditional in the last row of his native province of Waikato during his days as a player. He made a handful of topless appearances for New Zealand, before moving to England, where his coaching career took off at Sale. He was hired by Woodward as a forward coach in 1997, before returning home in 2000.

After a year in Hamilton with the Chiefs, he was named coach of the All Blacks in 2001. Two years later, his team was defeated by the Australian team of Jones, the hosts of the tournament, in the semifinals of the Copa del World. Despite a respectful third place, Mitchell was removed from his post after the tournament.

Since then, he has held a number of jobs in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and again in Sale. In 2016, he was appointed as the new head coach of the US national team. UU., But it only lasted a year before leaving to take over the Bulls.

There have been controversies and complaints along the way. Mitchell has long been considered an aggressive character, but Jones has evidently accepted the need for another important figure and a strong voice within his configuration.

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