Saints coach King: I was never joining England setup

Alex King is staying at Saints (picture: Linda Dawson)
Alex King is staying at Saints (picture: Linda Dawson)

Alex King has insisted he is staying with Saints, stressing his meeting with new England boss Eddie Jones was purely a rugby conversation.

King had been linked with the role of attack coach in the international setup as Jones sought to shape his management team.

The Australian has already appointed Steve Borthwick, as forwards coach, Ian Peel, as scrum coach, and Paul Gustard, as defence coach.

But Jones will be taking on the role of attack coach himself, with King staying at Northampton, the club he joined from Clermont Auvergne during the summer of 2013.

“There’s been so much speculation about me having a conversation with Eddie that it’s been assumed something was going to happen, but it never was,” King said.

“Eddie’s made his decision to stick with his three coaches going into the Six Nations and he’ll run the attack. That’s it.

“There’s nothing more to it.

“It was just a conversation on rugby.

“He’s gone around the clubs and spoken to a lot of people.

“For some reason, people speculated and came up with a story.”