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Ex-Munster coach Aled Walters joins England backroom

Aled Walters during his time as Munster's head of athletic performance. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

England have recruited two more coaches from Leicester as Steve Borthwick continues to assemble his management team.

On the day it was confirmed Richard Cockerill would step down at the end of the Guinness Six Nations to join Montpellier, the Rugby Football Union announced the appointment of interim Tigers boss Richard Wigglesworth and Aled Walters.

Wigglesworth joins as an assistant coach, most likely overseeing the attack which is currently being directed by Nick Evans.

Meanwhile Walters will become head of strength and conditioning – a position similar to the one he held at Munster – in the wake of Jon Clarke’s departure.

The duo will take up their posts at the end of the club season, making them available for the build-up to this autumn’s World Cup in France.

Wigglesworth had only just been appointed to the interim head coach’s role with Leicester which was vacated by Borthwick when he replaced Eddie Jones in December.

“Richard and Aled are two outstanding coaches in their fields who I know very well,” Borthwick said.

“Richard has been a proven winner throughout his playing career and has carried this into his coaching career.

“He already has international coaching experience, from the 2019 World Cup, alongside a hugely successful playing career and has amassed a wealth of knowledge.

“Few people have such an in-depth, wide-ranging view and understanding of the tactical element of the game.

“Aled is an excellent performance coach who had an incredible impact with the World Cup holders South Africa.

“Wherever he has worked, players improve. I have never met anyone who is able to get more out of players than he does.”

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