Northampton Saints head coach Chris Boyd has issued a hands-off warning to England boss Eddie Jones over the recruitment of Northampton assistant Sam Vesty.


Jones is on the lookout for a new attack coach to join England’s backroom staff following the departure of the highly-regarded Scott Wisemantel.

The 49-year-old Australian has returned to his homeland after an 18-month stint with England, who he helped Jones lead to a World Cup final appearance in Japan last month.

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It is widely expected that Wisemantel will form part of the Wallabies’ coaching staff as an assistant coach to incoming head coach Dave Rennie.

The Guardian has reported that Vesty looms as a target of Jones to replace Wisemantel in the English set-up, but Boyd has responded by saying that the Saints have no intentions of releasing his right-hand man to the Rugby Football Union.


“I wouldn’t be releasing him, that’s for sure,” Boyd told The Guardian.

“I suppose everybody’s got their price if it’s about money [but] Sam Vesty’s more about job than money I think. I’m pretty sure he’s happy with what he’s doing at the moment.”

There are many international coaching jobs that are still yet to be vacated following on from last month’s World Cup, which could impact clubs as they prepare for their respective domestic campaigns.


That’s especially the case in New Zealand, as the All Blacks are still yet to announce Steve Hansen’s successor in what’s developed into a two-horse race between All Blacks assistant Ian Foster and Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson.

Regardless of who takes the helm of the All Blacks, the implications of either coach’s appointments will be felt by Kiwi Super Rugby clubs.

Hurricanes head coach John Plumtree and Blues boss Leon MacDonald have emerged as two likely contenders to act as Foster’s assistants, meaning both franchises would have to find replacements less than two months before Super Rugby kicks-off should the ex-Chiefs coach lands the All Blacks job.

The Crusaders would be hit similarly hard if Robertson wins the race, as both he and his assistant Jason Ryan would have to leave their Super Rugby posts, as would Hurricanes assistant Jason Holland, who is reportedly part of Robertson’s coaching team.

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