England coach Eddie Jones has reportedly halted his search for an attack coach and will head into the Six Nations with two full-time assistants.
Reports in The Times say Jones will not fast-track any appointment of a further assistant with defence coach Paul Gustard and forwards coach Steve Borthwick already in place. Jones, who met with Northampton coach Jim Mallinder on Monday, had reportedly earmarked either Saints coach Alex King or Exeter's Ali Hepher as potential candidates for his backroom staff.
But it seems he has now put those plans on ice and will himself take charge of England's attack in the Six Nations. The news is likely to be welcomed by the Saints who had previously spoken out of their frustration over England's reported interest in King.
And the newspaper says scrum coach Ian Peel will only be contracted to work for eight days with England during the championship. Peel was part of the England Under-20's backroom staff but recently agreed to a move to Saracens to be their new forwards coach. Part of that deal allowed Peel to be seconded to England but he will not be present on matchdays leaving England with a trio of coaches for the bulk of the Six Nations.