John Mitchell leaving the Bulls???

It seems Eddie Jones is trying to recruit John Mitchell to join him in the England coaching squad.

The Bulls have revealed that England have expressed interest in the services of Bulls’  coach John Mitchell for the England defence coach position.

England coach Eddie Jones is currently looking for someone to fill the void created by the departure of Paul Gustard, who left for Harlequins to take up a role as head of rugby at the London club.

A tweet by the Bulls has sparked rumours of Mitchell leaving the Pretoria-based club after just one year at the helm. He has reportedly been at loggerheads with the Bulls’ board about the amount allocated to him for recruiting new players and paying the current squad. He has demanded R90Million, which is a 50% increase over his current budget, and the cash-strapped board are not inclined to hand him that kind of money.

Mitchell has previously been defence coach of England between 1997 and 2000, while he has also coached the All Blacks.

“The Blue Bulls Company (BBCo) would like to confirm that John Mitchell informed us that interest was shown in his services. No formal offer has however been received,” the tweet read.

This would not be the first time that John Mitchell has left a coaching job in the middle of a contract term. (Or the second time, or third, or fourth….)


  1. Good luck to Mitchell. He is not a person given to compromise which is perhaps commendable or stupid depending on which side of the fence one chooses to. I believe that rugby is in serious trouble in SA and the spotlight needs to be turned on administrators from the top down.
    SARU are gutless as was demonstrated when they were stuck with two Springbok forwards coaches. They have tried to please the wrong people by appointing a coach who was known to be a failure – fired by his own union. They have a CEO who is still under a suspicious cloud of fraud and are incapable of setting in place structures which would help to grow rugby at all levels not stifle it.