England skills coach Ryles to miss Six Nations due to COVID-19 lockdown

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Autumn Nations Cup - England Training - The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington,, Britain - November 10, 2020 England skills coach Jason Ryles during training Alex Davidson/Pool via REUTERS

(Reuters) - England's skills coach Jason Ryles will not join the team ahead of the Six Nations as the Australian is not relocating due to the COVID-19 pandemic, England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Monday.

Ryles appointment to Eddie Jones' backroom staff was made last January. The 42-year-old was previously assistant coach at Melbourne Storm, which won Australia's rugby league Grand Final last year.

"Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown, coach Jason Ryles and his family have chosen not to re-locate to England this month as they had originally planned," the RFU said in a statement.

"It is hoped Jason will rejoin the coaching team for England's summer fixtures."

England begin their Six Nations title defence against Scotland at Twickenham Stadium on Feb. 6.

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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