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Borthwick will start new job at Leicester in July

Former England captain hoping to revive Tigers.

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Steve Borthwick will leave England to become Leicester head coach (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Steve Borthwick will leave England to become Leicester head coach (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Steve Borthwick will leave England to become Leicester head coach (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Leicester have announced Steve Borthwick will take up his position as head coach on July 1 with Geordan Murphy moving up to the role of director of rugby.

The former England captain has been serving as his countryโ€™s forwards coach since 2015 but will now take on the task of attempting to improve the Tigersโ€™ ailing fortunes.

Only Saracens, whose 105-point deduction for repeated salary cap breaches means they will be automatically relegated, are below Leicester in the Gallagher Premiership standings.

โ€œI am delighted to be joining Leicester Tigers as head coach. To get Leicester Tigers back to the top is a great challenge and one I am very excited about,โ€ said Borthwick, whose appointment was confirmed in January.

โ€œWe realise that we have a lot of work to do, and I know that everybody at the club is determined to work tirelessly to succeed in this challenge.

โ€œWhat has been evident to me is that the pain caused by Tigers being where the club is on the table has been felt by everyone associated with this club โ€“ the players, coaches, staff and supporters.

โ€œThis is something we need to change, and we will do so by pulling everyone who is a part of this club even tighter to the team and taking on opponents together.โ€

PA