Nick Evans: Harlequins assistant joins England as Six Nations attacking coach

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The Harlequins assistant will return to his role at the Stoop after England’s first tournament under new head coach Steve Borthwick.

Kevin Sinfield has been a regular number two for Borthwick, specializing in defence. The temporary addition of Evans further cements the changes following the sacking of Eddie Jones in December.

“I’m delighted to have Nick join our squad ahead of the Six Nations,” said Borthwick. “Nick brings with him a wide variety of experience as a player and coach, which will be invaluable to the growth of our team.

“I know Nick understands the pride and responsibility that comes with representing your country. Our aim is to build an England team that our nation can be proud of and I know our fans will be very excited about what Nick will bring us.

“We would like to give a special thanks to Harlequin for allowing Nick to work with us during this time. This is a great example of club and country working together.

Martin Gleeson led the attack until Jones was sacked and stayed on after Borthwick was appointed. The RFU has not yet clarified Gleeson’s position in relation to Evans’ appointment, but the former Rugby League international is expected to leave England.

Evans had 16 New Zealand caps between 2008 and 2017 before playing 208 matches for Harlequins. The 42-year-old has coached at Queen’s since his retirement and will continue in his role at The Stoop when he is on the England squad. Harlequins say Evans will return to the club full-time after the Six Nations.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Nick where he’ll learn and grow and it could be good for the club,” Harlequins director of rugby performance Billy Millard said.

“I am confident that he will provide Steve and the team with excellent support and guidance during the 2023 Six Nations.”

Jones was fired in December after seven years at the helm. England 2022 marked their worst calendar year since 2008, with five wins from 12 Tests.

Matt Proudfoot, Brett Hodgson and Danny Currie left the RFU on Monday. Scrum coach Proudfoot has been in England since 2019, while Hodgson has stepped down from a defensive role due to start under Jones in this year’s Six Nations.

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