Steve Borthwick continues to aspect step questions on his imminent elevation to England head coach however has revealed a few of the foundations which have made him the apparent substitute for Eddie Jones.
Borthwick is getting ready for what could possibly be his last match in control of Leicester at dwelling to ASM Clermont Auvergne within the Heineken Champions Cup on Saturday earlier than he’s introduced as England head coach and whereas he claims to be the least necessary particular person at Mattioli Woods Welford Street on the weekend, the main focus is for certain to be on the person who led the membership to the Premiership title final season.
The previous England captain stated: “I do know I’m teaching right here in opposition to Clermont on Saturday. That’s what I’m working in direction of. I’d love to present you readability on all the pieces going ahead. Sadly, I can’t. All I do is think about giving my greatest to this crew and these gamers, whom I look after very deeply, and I’m going to teach them as greatest I can.
“If I can help people on their journey then that is what I will try and do. I ask people to work hard and I am pretty demanding and there are easier places to be. I tell them they I am going to be demanding but I will help them in any way I can to achieve their ambitions.
“The two things that drive me are winning – I love winning – and also helping people. I take a lot of joy seeing players celebrating, getting better and that makes me happy. I look (at coaching) how can I make a small difference and that can be not repeating the mistakes I made.
“If I could wind back the clock and the way I looked at my game I would. I would do things very different and I was probably a difficult person to coach and we are the sum of all of our experiences. At that point I didn’t know any better now you are older and wiser.
“I look back at my own training and think that was so silly. I set the goal to play for England at 14 because that was the age I could go to the gym in the leisure centre and would set myself these ridiculous target on the rowing machine not knowing what I was doing. ‘If you don’t get that target you would never play for England’ is what I would say and I would be falling off the machines.
“My attitude was that I may never do it but it won’t be for a lack of trying. I made a lot of mistakes along the way and if you can help young players not make those mistakes then they will be worthwhile.
“I have two or three wonderful people (from outside rugby) who come in and watch training and I speak to on a weekly basis who can point you in the right direction or make you think differently.
“I care very deeply for these Leicester players and I will try and coach them at the very best level I can. We are energised and excited for this match and we know we have to be better than we were at Ospreys.“