John Mitchell

John Mitchell

Fat Taff 18 Sep 2018 11:57 am said..

Various outlets reporting that the deal is done for Mitchell to become the new England defence coach with rugbypass and others saying that the RFU forked out 150k to have him released from his contract. Does that get the RFU off any possible charge after the Bulls reported them to World Rugby for making approach whilst he was under contract?

What's the verdict on his appointment?

As far as I can see, he's never worked as a specialist defence coach, and hasn't worked as an assistant for over fifteen years. His recent career hasn't exactly produced success, and he has a history of falling out with his players. Seems a bit of an odd choice.
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Beddis 18 Sep 2018 12:00 pm said..

His Bulls team had the worse defensive record in the tournament, so boded very well for England
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RossM 18 Sep 2018 13:14 pm said..

The Beeb says "the RFU is believed to be paying around £200,000 to recruit the former All Blacks head coach."
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Ken Burney 18 Sep 2018 14:35 pm said..

The RFU may just as well have appointed Joni Mitchell. Why are we so in thrall to southern hemisphere coaches?
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CMGC 18 Sep 2018 14:47 pm said..

I tend to agree but not many English ones have Int' experience.
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Number8 18 Sep 2018 15:26 pm said..

CMGC wrote:I tend to agree but not many English ones have Int' experience.


How will they get experience if they don't get appointed?

If we can't produce coaches I would suggest that there is something wrong with our coaching structures.
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CMGC 18 Sep 2018 15:30 pm said..

You may have a point. I can' harly think of an Eng Coach who has had the top job at a tier 1/2 nation. ( Andy Robinson at Scotland??)
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Lurker 18 Sep 2018 20:48 pm said..

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LowerO 18 Sep 2018 21:38 pm said..

Wow, so lay off a load of staff, finances are in turmoil, then splash out £0.2M to bring in a new defence coach!
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Beddis 19 Sep 2018 09:03 am said..

The Times reporting he is on £300k on top of the £200k to release him from the Bulls.

Half a million for coach with the worst defensive record in Super Rugby! Maybe the RFU couldn’t afford the second worst :mrgreen:
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