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Head Coach

Steve Borthwick

  • Date of Birth12 Oct 1979

Steve Borthwick was appointed Head Coach at Leicester Tigers in February 2020 after five seasons as Forwards Coach of the senior men’s England Rugby coaching team.

Borthwick began his coaching career in 2012, while still playing professionally at Saracens, as coach of the London club’s Under-18 Academy squad, before being recruited by Eddie Jones to join the Japan coaching team as an Assistant Coach.

After retiring from professional rugby at the conclusion of the 2013/2014 season, he continued in his role with the Japanese national squad up until and including the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which included victories for the Cherry Blossoms over Samoa and the United States, as well as the history-making, last-gasp victory over South Africa’s Springboks in Brighton.

Following the World Cup, it was announced that Borthwick would join Bristol Rugby as the Championship club’s Forwards Coach for the 2015/16 season.

In December 2015, following the appointment of Jones to England Rugby’s top job, it was announced that Borthwick would link-up with the Australian again as the national side’s Forwards Coach.

After leaving school, Borthwick began his senior playing career with Preston Grasshoppers before being recruited by Bath Rugby, who he joined in 1998 and went on to make more than 240 appearances for over a decade.

His international debut came in 2001, against France at Twickenham, alongside Leicester Tigers legend Martin Johnson.

The second-rower went on to be capped on 57 occasions by England, including a stint as national captain from 2008 until his final Test against Scotland in the 2010 Six Nations.

In 2008, after ten seasons at Bath, he joined Saracens and went on to make more than 140 appearances for the London club in six seasons, which included leading the side to the 2011 Premiership Rugby Final win over Tigers at Twickenham.  

At the conclusion of the 2013/14 season, Borthwick retired from professional rugby to move into full-time coaching with the Japanese national team.

During his playing days, Borthwick completed an Economics and Politics BSc at the University of Bath and MSc Management at the University of Hertfordshire.