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Eddie Jones wants England support team to understand his philosophy of play

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Eddie Jones has outlined his requirements for a new-look England coaching staff that seems set to include Paul Gustard and Steve Borthwick.

Jones has made the first major move of his England coaching reign, with the Rugby Football Union announcing that Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt are to leave their positions as England assistant coaches.

And it follows Stuart Lancaster's exit as head coach last month after England recently became the first host nation in Rugby World Cup's 28-year history not to reach the knockout phase.

Australian Jones took charge as Lancaster's successor earlier this month, and it is expected that current Saracens defence and forwards coach Gustard and ex-England captain Borthwick will join his support team.

Asked what he wanted from people he brings in, Jones told ERTV: "I think guys that can work with me, that understand my philosophy of play, that can add to my philosophy of play and can add to England going forward."

As part of Lancaster's set-up, Farrell, Rowntree and Catt - all England internationals - coached England to 22 victories in 36 Tests, with the highlight being a Twickenham win against world champions New Zealand in 2012.

But this year's World Cup campaign was a miserable failure, with England suffering pool stage defeats against Wales and Australia that destroyed any hope of them securing a quarter-final place.

Jones added: "Andy Farrell, Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt, they are outstanding coaches, but I just feel at this stage that for England we need to have some new thoughts and new ideas come in.

"And that's why I've decided to let those three coaches go.

"Obviously, one of the most unpleasant things to do is to let people go. You try to give the people due course, due process.

"I obviously spoke to a lot of people about what's happened with England, got different views, from players, administrators and other coaches.

"I spoke to those coaches individually as well, and I just felt it was in the interests of the team to move on.

"Having met with all of the coaches to talk through the future direction, we felt it was the right time to make changes.

"They are all experienced guys and have contributed greatly to this England team over recent years, and I know everyone at the Union is appreciative of their hard work and commitment."

Gustard is considering an offer to be one of Jones' assistants, while current Bristol forwards coach Borthwick is also thought to be firmly on the radar.

Gustard has been an integral part of Saracens' success under rugby director Mark McCall, including winning the Aviva Premiership title last season and being a consistent force in Europe.

Borthwick, meanwhile, was Jones' right-hand man with Japan during the World Cup in September and October, plotting three pool stage victories, including a stunning 34-32 success against South Africa in Brighton.

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