Eddie Jones appoints Rory Teague as England skills coach

Eddie Jones has appointed Rory Teague as full-time skills coach for the senior England team.

Teague takes the step up from the England Under 20s where he was attack and backs coach. The promotion comes after Northampton are understood to have sounded out Teague as a potential candidate to replace their former attack coach Alex King, who left the Aviva Premiership side back in October.

Teague slots straight into Jones' England backroom staff alongside Paul Gustard, Neal Hatley and Steve Borthwick ahead of the Six Nations.

He already knows the England environment well having been brought into the senior coaching team for last year's autumn internationals for two days a week, a post which has now shifted into a full-time role.

"Rory's come up from the 20s and he'll be full-time with us," Jones said. "He's a good, young coach. He's inquisitive, curious, wants to get better and therefore he can play a key role for us in improving the skills of the players."

Teague is well versed in English rugby having played at fly-half for Gloucester and Bristol. He also played for Grenoble in France and joined the RFU after a spell working in Saracens' academy.

He began his coaching life at Harrow where he had a role in mentoring and coaching the young Maro Itoje who was crowned World Rugby's breakthrough player for 2016.

England start their Six Nations campaign on February 4 when they host France at Twickenham as they look to extend their unbeaten run under Jones.