LONDON (AP) -- England rugby coach Eddie Jones has begun shaping his backroom staff by hiring former national team captain Steve Borthwick as forwards coach, reuniting the pair that worked together with Japan at the Rugby World Cup.
Borthwick had been working as a coach at second-tier English team Bristol since the World Cup.
Jones says "Steve has a huge amount of international experience as a player and a captain, and his coaching in Japan in recent years shows he can get the best out of the players at the highest level."
Borthwick played 57 times for England from 2001-10.
The appointment was announced Tuesday, a day after England released assistant coaches Mike Catt, Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell. Stuart Lancaster was fired as head coach after the World Cup.