Steve Borthwick insists his focus is on Scotland and never a possible World Cup collision course with Eddie Jones after his teaching mentor was positioned answerable for Australia.
Borthwick and Jones may go face to face within the quarter-finals, creating an interesting sub plot to the match being staged in France later this yr.
Jones was sacked by England final month after presiding over a dismal 2022 and has been changed by Borthwick, his former quantity two with Japan and at Twickenham.
In a coincidence the Rugby Football Union should have been dreading, Jones has been contracted by the Wallabies till the 2027 World Cup.
Borthwick, nevertheless, is concentrating solely on the Six Nations opener towards Scotland after naming his first squad since succeeding Jones.
“I know the World Cup is around the corner but in 19 days’ time we play Scotland and that’s our focus,” Borthwick mentioned.
“I’m delighted for Eddie that he is coaching his home country. The day that I was announced as England head coach he sent me a message wishing me the very best and this morning (Monday) I sent him a message wishing him the very best.”
When requested if he had most well-liked Jones to take one other position, Borthwick mentioned: “Nothing to do with me, my job is to coach the England rugby team.
“I’ve talked about the team we wish to build. Every England supporter wants to see an England team that plays with courage and fight in every single contest and that finds a way to win. It’s our job to coach that team.”