Leicester boss Steve Borthwick is about to be confirmed as the new England head coach, with an announcement anticipated in the coming days.
The 43-year-old has been the overwhelming favorite for the function since Eddie Jones was sacked earlier in December.
The former England captain’s first match in cost will be the Six Nations opener towards Scotland on 4 February.
Borthwick will depart the Tigers after two-and-a-half years at Welford Road.
He orchestrated Leicester’s hard-fought 23-16 win over Clermont Auvergne in the Champions Cup on Saturday.
However, he was unable to verify afterwards if he would nonetheless be on the helm for the Premiership match with Gloucester on 24 December, as an alternative praising his aspect’s potential to win in adversity.
“Right now I would like to take pleasure in this win,” he informed BBC Radio 5 dwell.
“This workforce was constructed put up the Covid pandemic and has had lots of challenges by means of that interval.
“I could not be extra happy with how laborious they prepare and their need to need do nicely for one another and this membership.”
It is assumed the Leicester squad and workers are actually ready for Borthwick’s departure, whereas the official affirmation from the Rugby Football Union may come as early as Monday.
Borthwick was initially anticipated to take over from Jones after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, however the latter’s sacking a yr out from the match in France has accelerated the method.
The ex-Saracens and Bath lock retired from taking part in in 2014 and has constructed a formidable teaching CV since.
After working with Jones as an assistant with Japan after which England, Borthwick moved to Leicester in 2020, with the membership on the backside of the Premiership desk.
Borthwick masterminded a startling transformation, culminating in the Tigers winning the Premiership title in June 2022.
While this marketing campaign has been much less constant, Borthwick leaves the membership in wonderful form. They are fifth in the Premiership desk and unbeaten in the Champions Cup, with a raft of home-grown gamers capped by England throughout his tenure.
Borthwick’s defence coach on the Tigers, rugby league nice Kevin Sinfield, is tipped to be a part of his England teaching workers.