England coaching overhaul takes shape as Richard Wigglesworth and Aled Walters reunite with Steve Borthwick

Wigglesworth will be among Borthwick’s assistants and will focus on attack, while Walters will lead England’s strength and conditioning.

England scrum-half Wigglesworth served in a player-manager role in Borthwick’s training at Leicester and will now reunite with his former Welford Road boss at Test level.

The RFU failed to convince Leicester to allow Wigglesworth and Walters to date Borthwick and Kevin Sinfield in December.

Wigglesworth retired from playing and stepped into the breach as Leicester head coach following Borthwick’s exit but will now step up to another level this summer.

Experience: Richard Wigglesworth became Leicester Tigers head coach in December

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“Richard and Aled are two outstanding coaches in their field who I know very well,” Borthwick said. “Richard has been a proven winner throughout his playing career and has continued that in his coaching career.

“He already has international experience, from the 2019 World Cup with Canada, as well as a hugely successful playing career and has accumulated a wealth of knowledge.

“Few people have such a deep and broad view and understanding of the tactical element of the game.

“He is a proud Englishman who has represented his country and is desperate to see us win, he will show that he really cares about this team.

“Aled is a great performance coach who has had an incredible impact on Rugby World Cup holders South Africa.

Springbok impact: Aled Walters helped South Africa win the 2019 Rugby World Cup

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“Wherever he’s worked, the players are improving. I’ve never met anyone who is able to get more out of the players than him.”

Wigglesworth earned 33 England caps while making 449 Premiership appearances for Sale, Saracens and Leicester during a 20-year playing career.

The 39-year-old coached Canada’s defense and kicks at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

Walters joined Leicester in 2020 after helping South Africa win this World Cup. The Welshman has also held roles with Scarlets, Taranaki, ACT Brumbies and Munster.

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