Former All Black Nick Evans will join new England boss Steve Borthwick’s coaching staff for the 2023 Guinness Six Nations.
Evans, 42, will join Borthwick as an attack coach for the duration of the 2023 Championship and also work alongside new defence coach Kevin Sinfield.
The 16-time New Zealand international will continue in his role as attack and backs coach at Premiership Rugby side Harlequins throughout the Championship, returning to Quins in England’s rest weeks.
“I am delighted that Nick is joining our team ahead of the Six Nations,” said Borthwick.
“Nick brings with him a wealth of different experiences as a player and coach, which will be incredibly valuable to the growth of our team.
“I know that Nick understands the pride and responsibility that comes with representing your country.
“We aim to build an England team that our nation can be proud of, and I know that our supporters will be very excited by what Nick can bring to our side.
“We’d particularly like to thank Harlequins for their support in allowing Nick to work with us during this period. It’s a great example of club and country working together.”
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Evans will return to Quins permanently upon the conclusion of the 2023 Guinness Six Nations in March.
England start their campaign against Scotland at Twickenham on February 4 before hosting Italy a week later.
They then visit Wales on February 25, before finishing off at home to France in Round 4 and away to Ireland on Super Saturday.
“This is an amazing opportunity for Nick,” said Harlequins’ Director of Rugby Performance Billy Millard. “He will learn and grow so much, which can only be good for the Club.
“I am also confident he will provide Steve and the playing group with excellent support and direction through the 2023 Six Nations period.”