Neal Hatley says he is ecstatic after it was confirmed Bath's first-team coach will become England scrum coach at the season end.

Hatley honoured with England role

Hatley honoured with England role

Hatley, who has been with the Premiership club since 2012, is the latest person to be added to the Red Rose's backroom staff, with ex-Saracens defence coach Paul Gustard and former-Bristol forwards coach Steve Borthwick all brought in by Eddie Jones.

The latter has enjoyed a great time since taking over from Stuart Lancaster, who was sacked after the dismal 2015 World Cup showing on home soil, last November.

England won the Grand Slam in the Six Nations and they have a chance of revenge against Australia, who knocked them out of the World Cup, in the internationals this summer.

Hatley will add some good experience to the national set-up, having represented England Saxons in his playing days as a prop, and the 46-year-old is feeling privileged to be handed the opportunity.

"I'd like to thank Bath Rugby for their understanding. Being asked by Eddie Jones to be part of the national team's coaching staff is a real honour and a special moment for me and my family."

Jones also gave his thoughts on the appointment, with the Australian confident Hatley will fit into the management team very well.

"We're delighted to have brought Neal into the coaching team," he said. "Successful English rugby teams have always had strong, powerful, dominant scrums.

"Neal is an experienced coach and has impressed me with the work he has done in English rugby. We're looking forward to working with him ahead of the game against Wales and tour to Australia."