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Scrum master: England engage Ian Peel for Six Nations push

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 30 December, 2015, 11:40am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 30 December, 2015, 11:42am

Ian Peel has joined Eddie Jones’ backroom staff and will serve as scrum coach for England’s Six Nations campaign, the Rugby Football Union said Tuesday.

The 39-year-old former Newcastle Falcons prop has also joined Saracens on a permanent basis.

Peel has coached England’s under-20s since 2013 but will give up that role to be part of Jones’ senior set-up at least through the 2016 Six Nations.“This is a huge opportunity and I am really looking forward to getting stuck in with lots of the guys who I have worked with through the age-group teams but also when I have gone in and helped Graham Rowntree over the last few seasons,” Peel said.

“It is a huge honour to go and deliver that for the seniors and joining up with Eddie, Steve Borthwick, Paul Gustard and the rest of the team.”

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Forwards coach Borthwick and defence coach Gustard joined Jones after the Australian replaced Stuart Lancaster, whose tenure ended following the 2015 Rugby World Cup when England became the first host country not to reach the knock-out stages.

The only vacant post remaining in Jones’ backroom team is a replacement for backs coach Mike Catt who was axed along with Andy Farrell and Rowntree two weeks ago.

The RFU did not indicate if Peel’s role would continue beyond the Six Nations which runs from 6 February to 19 March.