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Steve Borthwick to join Leicester Tigers as head coach after England duties end

Steve Borthwick’s only previous coaching experience at club level is a short spell as Bristol forwards coach in 2015

Steve Borthwick will join Leicester as head coach once he has completed his coaching commitments with England.

The 40-year-old will work under Geordan Murphy, who has been appointed as the Tigers’ director of rugby.

Borthwick has been lined up to take a senior role at the Tigers for some time, and is the latest coaching change at Welford Road.

Leicester were 11th in the Premiership last season, their worst ever finish, and are in the same place this season.

The Tigers would be bottom but for Saracens’ points deduction, and subsequent relegation, for breaching salary cap regulations.

Murphy replaced the sacked Matt O’Connor as head coach of the once-dominant Tigers after a heavy defeat at Exeter on the opening day of the 2018-19 season, while former Bath coach Mike Ford was brought in to support club stalwart Murphy in March with the Welford Road club fighting relegation.

“The appointment of Steve Borthwick as head coach and Geordan Murphy in the role of director of rugby provides an exciting combination of leadership, expertise and experience to drive the club forward in its desire to challenge for major honours again,” Leicester chairman Peter Tom told the club website.

“The club has enjoyed many of its greatest successes with a blend of the Tigers DNA alongside fresh, innovative ideas from outside, both among the players and the coaching staff, and we look forward to Geordan and Steve leading that in their respective new roles.”

It was confirmed on Monday that Borthwick will leave his position within the England coaching set-up