England: Richard Wigglesworth and Aled Walters handed coaching roles ahead of Rugby World Cup

Richard Wigglesworth split with Aled Walters Credit: Alamy
Richard Wigglesworth split with Aled Walters Credit: Alamy

England have announced that Leicester Tigers duo Richard Wigglesworth and Aled Walters will join their coaching team at the end of the season.

Wigglesworth will arrive in the Test set-up as assistant coach, while Walters will be head of strength and conditioning, with both joining from Leicester.

They will begin work with head coach Steve Borthwick and the wider coaching team ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup, which takes place in France.

Wigglesworth played at two World Cups

Wigglesworth enjoyed a decorated playing career. He was capped 33 times for England, making his debut in the 2008 Six Nations against Wales. He represented England at two Rugby World Cups in 2011 and 2015.

He made 449 Premiership appearances for Sale Sharks, Saracens and Leicester Tigers – winning three European Champions Cups and seven Premiership titles in his 20-year career.

In 2019, Wigglesworth also began undertaking coaching work and was Canada’s defence and kicking coach at that year’s Rugby World Cup. He took up the additional role of attack coach with Leicester Tigers, alongside playing, upon his move there in 2020.

He was named Leicester Tigers interim head coach in December 2022, following Borthwick’s appointment as England head coach, and he immediately retired from his playing career.

Walters also joins from Leicester Tigers, where he is head of physical performance. He joined the club in 2020 – after being part of the management team who won the 2019 Rugby World Cup with South Africa.

He has worked in rugby for 18 years, with roles at Scarlets, Taranaki and the Brumbies before spending six years at Munster.

Borthwick said: “Richard and Aled are two outstanding coaches in their fields who I know very well.

Borthwick praise for coaching duo

“Richard has been a proven winner throughout his playing career and has carried this into his coaching career.

“He already has international coaching experience, from the 2019 Rugby World Cup, alongside a hugely successful playing career and has amassed a wealth of knowledge. Few people have such an in depth, wide-ranging view and understanding of the tactical element of the game.

“He is a proud Englishman who has represented his country and is desperate to see us win, he will show he really cares about this team.

“Aled is an excellent performance coach who had an incredible impact with the Rugby World Cup holders, South Africa.

“Wherever he has worked, players improve. I have never met anyone who is able to get more out of players than he does.”

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