A report by RugbyPass claims that the former England captain will not only be signed up but will receive a senior role which will focus on getting the club’s forwards up to scratch following a number of poor seasons where the pack has been a constant let-down for many fans.
With that in mind the English outfit went out all guns blazing in the summer transfer window signing the likes of Argentina’s Tomas Lavanini as well as Hanro Liebenberg, Calum Green, Nephi Leatigaga and Jordan Taufua to bolster their forward options.
That may be an attractive offer for Borthwick as he is not only working with any forwards but some of the best and biggest names in the game.
It still seems unclear as to what role he would have with different reports claiming he may come in as a head coach with current coach Geordan Murphy moving to a director of rugby role, or Murphy may remain as head coach with Borthwick coming in as director of rugby.
Some had thought he would come in directly as a forwards coach, however, current forwards coach Mark Bakewell was only brought in last year so it seems unlikely that he would be moving on.
Either way he would be leaving Eddie Jones’ England camp for a high-profile and powerful role with a well respected team that are looking to build for the future.
Leicester will be hoping to improve on their poor 2018/19 Premiership season where they narrowly avoided relegation and the help of Borthwick would be a huge boost. However, he will not be joining until at least November. The Tigers main focus at the moment will be Saturday’s Premiership opener against Worcester.
London Irish Star Nearing Full Fitness
One of London Irish’s star signings from last summer is nearing full fitness according to reports
The former Irish international moved to the Premiership side last summer as one of a number of eye-watering newcomers, but has yet to feature for the club due to a hip injury that required surgery before he had even officially lined-up with the team.
There was a fear that after a number of high-profile injuries in recent seasons that this time the 33-year-old wouldn’t bounce back and would be forced to retire.
However, after missing the Rugby World Cup in Japan with Ireland and the start of the new season with London Irish he now appears set for a return to action in the near future according to head coach Les Kiss.
“Sean (O’Brien) is coming along and has done some full-on contact work and hopefully over the next month we should get some clarity about the timeline. He is getting closer,” he said to RugbyPass.
O’Brien has a wealth of experience under his belt winning several league titles during his time with Leinster, as well as four European Champions Cups and a Challenge Cup medal to add to his international honours.
Irish could do with his power and presence on the pitch as they look to climb up the Premiership table over the remainder of the season, with the club currently sitting in 10th above only Leicester Tigers and the already relegated Saracens side.
Young Eying Up New Job
Wasps director of rugby Dai Young could already have his next job lined up according to reports
Young was relieved of his duties as the Premiership side’s director of rugby earlier in the week with Lee Blackett taking up the role on an interim basis the club confirmed.
“Director of rugby Dai Young will be stepping back from first-team duties for an interim period. Lee Blackett will step up to interim head coach. Further announcements will be made in due course,” a statement read on Tuesday.
However, it now appears as though the 51-year-old could make his absence permanent with a shock move to take over as Ospreys head coach.
The PRO14 outfit have struggled so far this season and have already got rid of one manager in Allen Clarke, who was replaced at the end of 2019, with Mike Ruddock coming in on an interim basis.
It is unknown how long his contract runs for, but if Young became available and was interested it would seem likely that the former Osprey’s player would be a prime candidate to take control on a full-term basis.
Although it would appear as though Young’s experience in bringing clubs to the top would be exactly what Ospreys need and after nine years at the Ricoh Arena hw might like a new challenge.
Quins Land Signature of Springboks Prop
Harlequins have confirmed they have signed a Springbok ace ahead of next season
The 25-year-old tighthead will remain with the Stormers until the end of the current Super Rugby campaign and link-up with his new team-mates in the summer.
Speaking on the move the 13-cap South African international admitted he is delighted to join a club with a reputation such as Harlequins.
“I’m really stoked to be heading to England to play for Quins. If you ask any South African player, they all know Harlequins, its reputation is huge. It’s a big opportunity for me; Harlequins play an exciting brand of rugby with awesome coaches. Gussy has told me to bring my own flavour to Harlequins and I’m really keen to get involved. When I spoke to him in Cape Town, he was really passionate about the future, the guy is full of energy and I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone who talks about rugby and a club with that amount of passion and excitement. I’ve played with André (Esterhuizen) and I know the likes of Stephan (Lewies), so I’m really excited to already have a few friends over there to help me settle in and I’m really looking forward to making new friends at the club too,” he said.
Louw brings a wealth of experience to the squad especially at scrum-time, where he has become a dominant force in the southern hemisphere in recent seasons.
As well as playing for the Stormers he has played in Europe before with a short-term switch to French Top 14 giants Toulon and will be a huge boost to the current crop of Quins stars.
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