England attack coach Scott Wisemantel departs as Wallabies job broadens on horizon
Eddie Jones has confirmed attack coach Scott Wisemantel has left the England set-up.
The 49-year-old marshalled England’s attack as they were beaten by South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final earlier this month but after talks with England head coach Jones he has decided to move on.
Wisemantel joined Jones’ coaching team during the summer of 2018. His temporary contract expired following defeat to the Springboks in Japan.
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He is the second member of Jones’ staff to seek pastures new after scrum coach Neal Hatley returned to Bath following the World Cup.
Forwards coach Steve Borthwick is also expected to leave the England set-up to join Leicester’s coaching ranks in the coming months, although the Rugby Football Union is confident the former 57-test international will stay onboard until the Six Nations.
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No official has yet been inked with Rugby Australia, but it is understood that Wisemantel will be returning to his homeland to provide assistance to the Kiwi-born Rennie.
Jones told the Daily Mail: “Scott’s contract finished at the end of the World Cup and we had some discussions but he has decided to move on.
“Whatever role he takes on next I know he will do an outstanding job because he was fantastic for us. We will miss him but we wish him all the best, and his family.”
Jones, along with his assistant John Mitchell, is contracted to England until the summer of 2021, and will have to find a replacement for Wisemantel before England’s Six Nations campaign kicks-off against France in Paris on February 2.
The Wallabies, meanwhile, are next back up and running in July, when they host Ireland in a two-match series in Brisbane and Sydney in what will be Rennie’s first matches in charge of the national side.
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