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Neal Hatley confirmed as England scrum coach

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Neal Hatley has been confirmed as England's new scrum coach.

England Rugby announced that 46-year-old Hatley will join Eddie Jones' coaching staff from Aviva Premiership club Bath at the end of this season.

Hatley will work two days a week with the England team, with the rest of his time spent working in the Rugby Football Union's player development pathway.


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Jones' vision

After four years with Bath, he becomes the latest recruit to Jones' coaching team, linking up with forwards specialist Steve Borthwick and defence mastermind Paul Gustard.

Jones, who is the first non-Englishman to take charge of the Red Rose, is keen to make his mark on the team, having taken over from Stuart Lancaster in November following a disappointing World Cup campaign. 

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Bath looking ahead

Despite Hatley's best efforts, Bath lie 9th in the Aviva Premiership, and they will now start looking to replace him in time for next season. 

As for England, they will have him on board in time for their tour of Australia, where they will be needing as powerful scrums as possible. 

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