Rugby: England appoint Glen Ella as skills coach for summer tour of Australia

Glen Ella at the 2007 Rugby World Cup as assistant coach of Canada. Photo / Getty Images
Glen Ella at the 2007 Rugby World Cup as assistant coach of Canada. Photo / Getty Images

Eddie Jones has appointed former Wallaby star Glen Ella as skills coach for the duration of England's summer tour to Australia as he looks to further develop his side's attacking game following their Grand Slam triumph.

Ella, one of four brothers capped by Australia in the mid-1980s, played alongside Jones at Sydney-based club Randwick and has a proven track record coaching at international level.

There is currently no plan to make the appointment permanent, with 56-year-old Ella and his family based in Sydney, but the appointment for the three-Test tour is another sign Jones intends to continue to challenge England's players to improve.

'I'm delighted to be teaming up with Eddie again and working alongside the rest of the coaching staff,' said Ella.

'Eddie's got England moving in the right direction, but there's still a lot of work to be done, particularly in attack.

'I'm looking forward to being involved in an exciting series of Test rugby.'

Ella, who made his coaching debut as assistant coach for Bob Dwyer's Wallabies side during the 1995 Rugby World Cup and was assistant coach to Jones during the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

He has also had coaching roles with Australia Sevens, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Italy and Canada.

'Glen has coached rugby all around the world and not only brings with him a wealth of experience, but also has one of the best attacking minds in the business.

'Working alongside myself and the rest of the coaching team Glen will assist me in developing our attack play strategies and also provide some specialist backs skills coaching. It's an area we know we need to improve and I'm sure we'll benefit greatly from having Glen on board for the tour.'

Meanwhile, former Lions and Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips will play in the Aviva Premiership for the first time next season after signing for Sale. The 33-year-old moves from French club Racing 92.

- Daily Mail

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