Jersey Reds Assistant Coach Ed Robinson is to join the England coaching team for their upcoming Guinness Six Nations campaign.
Robinson, who joined the Reds in summer 2018, will be part of Eddie Jones’ staff for the tournament over the next two months. He will support on skills coaching, following Jason Ryles’ decision to stay in Australia for the spring due to the challenges caused by Covid-19.
The news comes as a further accolade for the Greene King IPA Championship’s credentials as a breeding ground for players and coaches, with the Reds one of the pre-eminent clubs in this respect. Several former Jersey players are set to be involved in the Six Nations during February and March.
England Head Coach Jones said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming Ed to our coaching staff for the tournament and we’d like to thank Jersey Reds for their cooperation and support in making it happen.
“He’s a talented young coach and will work to help the players improve.
“We understand and support Jason’s decision and are expecting that he will be back with us this summer.”
Harvey Biljon, Director of Rugby at Jersey Reds, said: “First and foremost we are really excited for Ed. It’s a fantastic experience for a young coach and he deserves this opportunity.
“At Jersey we’re very proud of our record of producing players that have gone on to play at the highest levels and it is very encouraging that one of our coaches is getting a chance to work at that level too.”
England meet up next week at St. George’s Park as they begin their preparations for the championships.
They will then move to their base, The Lensbury in Teddington, ahead of their first game against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday February 6th (4.45pm KO).
Jones will name his 28-player tournament squad on Friday.
Robinson will miss the opening weeks of the Reds’ Championship season, which is due to start on the weekend of March 6th, but will return to Jersey after the conclusion of the Six Nations on March 20th.
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