Struggling Leicester have reportedly had another in-season shake-up with their backroom staff.


The Tigers, who have won just one of their five matches so far in the Gallagher Premiership, have apparently lost forwards coach Mark Bakewell.

He had been brought to Welford Road in February 2018 by Matt O’Connor, the head coach who was sacked after just a single game last season.

Leicester were trounced 36-13 at rivals Northampton in their last league outing and BBC Radio Leicester have reported that they have now seemingly parted company with Bakewell, the 55-year-old who worked alongside Geordan Murphy on the O’Connor ticket before Murphy took on the head coach role last term.

Upheaval had been expected in the Leicester staff at some point this season as RugbyPass revealed in mid-October that England assistant Steve Borthwick was in line to switch to Welford Road. 

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That move by the Test team forwards coach isn’t expected to happen until after the 2020 Six Nations, and the void now left by Bakewell will reportedly be temporarily filled by Brett Deacon. 

Murphy would not be drawn on speculation concerning their coaching staff. “We have been linked with numerous coaches across the world and it is something that is probably unfair to go into,” he claimed.

Borthwick’s role when he eventually does join is likely to be a more senior position than just a forwards coach remit.


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