Exclusive: Steve Borthwick tells Leicester players he's joining England

Exclusive: Steve Borthwick tells Leicester players he’s joining England

Steve Borthwick has told Leicester players he is leaving the club to take over as New England head coach, with Kevin Sinfield also set to move.

Borthwick a long time ago was to replace Eddie Jones following the Australian’s departure earlier this month, and a compensation package is now expected to be agreed on Sunday, with the appointment confirmed on Monday.

The 43-year-old announced his departure to the club’s players after their 23-16 victory over Clermont Auvergne at Welford Road on Saturday, but it is also understood that defense coach Sinfield could join him at Twickenham.

Leicester have always said they won’t stand in the way of Borthwick, but are now preparing for Sinfield – who has been tipped as a potential successor in the Welford Road hotseat – to move alongside them, having hoped earlier in the week retain his services.

Such a move would be a huge boost for Borthwick as he seeks to create a coaching unit with the World Cup just 10 months away.

Borthwick had previously given the biggest indication but was close to agreeing to take the England job, refusing to confirm he would be in place for the league-deciding game against Gloucester on Christmas Eve.

“I think right now we want to enjoy the win today,” Borthwick replied. “We are two out of two in the Champions Cup.”

“I understand that everyone has to ask the [England] question and I know you understand why I say I want to enjoy today’s result,” added the 43-year-old.

“It’s a special club. I feel privileged to be part of it and I’ve had to coach a group of players for two and a half years that I care deeply about. I can’t say much more at this stage.

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