Jones has already lost Scott Wisemantel and Neal Hatley from the set-up that took England to the final of the 2019 Rugby World Cup, with the former becoming Australia’s attack coach earlier this week and the latter with Bath as forwards and defence coach. On top of their departures, forwards coach Steve Borthwick is expected to move at some point next year to take up a role with Leicester Tigers, having followed Jones to England from Japan in 2016.
It means that Jones will retain only defence coach John Mitchell from the World Cup backroom staff, and current Sevens boss Amor looks set to be the first name who will join a revamped set-up ahead of the Six Nations.
Amor is currently in South Africa where England Men’s Sevens are competing on the second leg of the World Rugby Sevens Series following last weekend’s opener in Dubai, having taken control of the side in 2013 that also included a short stint as Great Britain coach on the way to a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The 40-year-old has already been confirmed by the Rugby Football Union as head coach for next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, although while those plans may now need to be altered, Amor will still head to Japan given England will embark on a two-Test summer tour against the Blossoms.
Joining Amor with England could well be Matt Proudfoot, the much-heralded South African scrum coach. Former Scotland international Proudfoot is expected to be named as Hatley’s replacement, which would give Jones a complete coaching set-up for the Six Nations before the possible departure of Borthwick.
The developments come as Exeter Chiefs announced new three-year contracts for Rob Baxter and his coaching team which will commit them to the Premiership club until the end of the new World Cup cycle in 2023. Baxter had already expressed his desire to remain in the south-west as opposed to a move to Twickenham, but the news also confirms that his assistants – head coach Ali Hepher, forwards coach Rob Hunter and skills coach Ricky Pellow – will have no role to play in Jones’s plans.
“Personally, I’m absolutely delighted to have agreed a new three-year contract extension,” said Baxter. “However, I’m even more pleased that the other coaches have also agreed similar extensions. I think it’s a real indication of how happy we all are working alongside one another each day.
“Together, we understand the ambitions of the club moving forward – and of how exciting this next period is going to be for the rugby club. I think as a group we all feel that everything we want to achieve can be achieved here over these next three years, so it’s exciting times for all of us and I’m looking forward to us building on the fantastic foundations we have laid as a collective group.”