Eddie Jones explains appointment of Brett Hodgson as England Rugby Union defence coach

England Rugby Union head coach Eddie Jones has explained his appointment of Brett Hodgson.

Hodgson, who has spent the last two years in charge of Hull FC, was announced as the surprise replacement for Brisbane Broncos-bound Anthony Siebold earlier this week.

The 44-year-old has no previous experience in the 15-man code but will take up the role as defence coach, the same role former Wigan legend Shaun Edwards occupies with the French Rugby Union team.

Speaking on why he appointed his fellow countryman, Jones said: “I’ve known Brett for a few years now. He first visited us in Bristol in 2018 and I’ve been to Hull on a few occasions.

“He was an outstanding league player and he’s a talented, hard-working young coach who is developing. He will continue the good work that Anthony Seibold has done since he joined us.

“We are disappointed to lose Anthony but we are really pleased for him as a career move. It’s great to see assistant coaches move on to head coach roles. Anthony leaves with everyone at England Rugby’s thanks and we wish him all the best in his new role.”

It has been a whirlwind period for Hodgson who was sacked by Hull at the start of September as the Black and Whites failed to make the play-offs after a dismal end to the campaign.

He will now head South to take up his position in the 15-man game, less than 12 months out from the Rugby Union World Cup in France.

On linking up with Jones and England, Hodgson said: “I’m really excited about opportunity to join with England, especially in a Rugby World Cup year.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the staff and this group of players. There is some real talent here and it’s something I feel I can make a contribution to in helping this team succeed.”

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