Hill handed mentor role by Jones

Ian Ritchie and RFU must have an effective succession plan in place if Jones leaves his post

English coaches must gain worldwide experience if they are to replace Eddie Jones as England coach, says Rugby Football Union boss Ian Ritchie.

Hill, who played across the back row, won 71 caps for England and made five Test appearances for the British and Irish Lions in a decorated worldwide career spanning eight years. It is a message that Jones...

Hill won 71 caps for England during his eight-year worldwide career, in addition to five Test appearances for the British and Irish Lions.

The 43-year-old Hill, who retired from playing in 2008, already had a part-time role with the RFU as a mentor to emerging England loose forwards Jack Clifford and Sam Underhill.

Ritchie has admitted the RFU are open to extending Jones' stay with the England national team but has conceded it might be too early to be looking to get a deal done.

Eddie Jones, who took over as England head coach from Stuart Lancaster after a dismal 2015 World Cup campaign, has plenty of worldwide experience, having coached in his native Australia as well as Japan and South Africa.

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"I'd always like to see an English coach coaching the England side", said Northampton boss Mallinder.

Hill, who held a similar team manager's post with England's second-string Saxons side on their recent tour of South Africa, will report directly to Jones. His vast global experience and in-depth knowledge of the RFU player pathway means he's a great fit for this role in the England set-up.

Jones added: "Richard's responsibilities will range from maintaining England Rugby's internal and external relationships to providing mentoring and support for players and management".

"I look forward to working with him again as we continue our preparation for the Old Mutual Wealth Series later this year".

"It is important we use the knowledge of former worldwide players and keep an historical link with the past".

The RFU hierarchy could be open to the possibility of Eddie Jones extending his time in the hot seat beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to ESPN UK.