Who is England rugby coach Steve Borthwick?
STEVE BORTHWICK is the current head coach of the England men's national rugby union team.
Steve began his professional career in 1998 and made his debut for Bath against Saracens at the age of 19.
Borthwick went on to earn 246 caps with the West Country club and captained them to the 2007-08 European Challenge Cup title.
He announced he was moving to north London-based team Saracens at the end of the 2007-08 season, where he made 144 appearances for the club in six years, retiring at the end of the 2013-14 season.
Steve boasted an impressive international career as well, making his England debut against France in 2001.
His international playing career lasted over nine years and 57 caps — 21 of those coming as the English national side's captain.
Borthwick was recruited by Eddie Jones as the England forwards coach in December 2015, where he played a crucial role in developing England's pack.
During his first stint with the national team, Steve oversaw two Six Nations titles, including the 2016 Grand Slam, an impressive 3-0 Test series win in Australia the same year, an undefeated streak of 18 matches, and the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.
In December 2022, he was named as England's head coach, saying of the appointment: "I'm deeply honoured to be appointed England head coach, and I am very excited by the challenge.
"The English game is full of talent and I want to build a winning team which makes the most of our huge potential and inspires young people to fall in love with rugby union the way I did.
"I want the whole country to be proud of us and to enjoy watching us play.
"The hard work starts now and planning for the Guinness Six Nations and Rugby World Cup begins today. I will give it everything.”
As well as coaching the national side, between the years of 2001 and 2010, Borthwick represented England as a player in the position of lock on the second row.
Yes, Steve is married to Beth Borthwick.
The couple have two boys named Hunter and Chase.
Bothwick said told the Guardian a funny anecdote about his son Hunter, who was nine at the time, in December 2022: “Hunter came running towards me carrying a ball in his hand. I thought: ‘He’s going to give me this great big hug, it’s going to be a heartwarming moment.’
"Instead he ran straight past me, dived on the floor on the far side of the living room and said: ‘I just scored the winning try, Daddy.’
"Brilliant. One problem was I missed out on my hug. The other was he was wearing a Wallabies shirt. His mother’s to blame for that.”
Steve trained as a coach and took his first coaching role at Saracens while still player in 2012.
Borthwick worked as forwards coach in two Rugby World Cup cycles alongside Eddie Jones for Japan from 2012 to 2015, and for England between 2015 and 2020, with England reaching the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
He also coached on the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand in 2017 which saw the side draw the Test series against the All Blacks.
Before returning the English national side as head coach in 2022, Steve coached the Leicester Tigers in the 2020-21 Premiership Rugby season.