Cumbrian Steve Borthwick was a proud man as he was officially unveiled as England men's rugby union head coach.

The Carlisle-born coach was presented to the media at Twickenham after signing a five-year deal as Eddie Jones' successor.

Borthwick takes charge ahead of next year's Six Nations followed by the 2023 World Cup.

Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney said Leicester Tigers boss Borthwick's credentials for the job were "impeccable".


And the 43-year-old Borthwick said: "To be appointed to this role fills me with incredible pride and I'm honoured to take on this job.

"I know that pride won't count for anything if we don't deliver.

"I want to shape a team that wins. I was a little boy that fell in love with rugby watching the England team play. I want to shape a team that this nation gets behind, that inspires our supporters and inspires lots of young boys and girls to fall in love with rugby as I did all those years ago.

"We've got a lot of work to do and we're going to start that work today."

Borthwick recalled his England playing debut back in 2001, recalling the first time he heard the "roar" when walking out at Twickenham.

He said he hoped to hear that roar "louder than ever" when he takes charge of his first game against Scotland in February's Six Nations clash.

Borthwick added that there are "plenty of things to work on" in the 47 days before that Scotland clash, after some disappointing results in the recent autumn series.

He recalled Sir Clive Woodword's mantra of being "brilliant at the basics" as one of the principles England must adhere to.

He also said he spoke to predecessor Eddie Jones last week, and spoke of his gratitude to the former national team boss, under whom he had worked as a forwards coach.

And Borthwick said he was "delighted" that Kevin Sinfield had joined him in the England set-up as defence coach.

The Carlisle-born boss is the second in three England head coach appointments to hail from Cumbria, with Jones' predecessor having been Stuart Lancaster from Culgaith.

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