Tuesday, 28 August 2018

John Mitchell - the case for the defence?

According to rumours a deal is all but in place for the third Mitchell brother, John, to be appointed as England’s new defence coach.

Mitchell – the former England forwards coach and New Zealand and USA head coach (amongst other roles) – is currently the head coach of the Bulls in South Africa, but if the reports are to be believed he will soon be leaving Pretoria for TW1.

Experienced as he is, Mitchell has never previously been a specialist defence coach and his record with the Bulls – who finished bottom of this season’s South African conference in Super Rugby, conceding 66 tries in 16 games (i.e. over 4 tries per game) – hardly inspires confidence.

An odd choice, then, assuming it's true…

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