Cape Town – John Mitchell’s departure to England appears to be a foregone conclusion, with only the release fee requested by the Bulls stalling the process somewhat.
Several media reports have indicated that Mitchell will become England’s new defence coach, with the New Zealand Herald even going as far as saying that the former All Blacks head coach “has officially agreed a deal to replace Paul Gustard”.
Mitchell is expected to start in his new role next month, with his contract set to run until after next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.
It is understood that that the English RFU is in negotiations about a compensation payment with the Bulls.
Afrikaans publication Netwerk24 reported on Sunday that that the Bulls had rejected the RFU’s offer of £50 000 (R900 000) in compensation and asked for £500 000 (R9 million) instead.
However, according to local rugby publication, SA Rugbymag, the amount is nowhere near £500 000 although it is understood to be more than 10%.
It has nevertheless become clear that Mitchell’s tenure at the Bulls will come to a premature end as his contract was due to only expire at the end of October 2019.
Mitchell was previously the England forwards coach between 1997 and 2000 under Sir Clive Woodward.
He will now work alongside head coach Eddie Jones.