Australian Jason Ryles has stepped down from his assistant coaching job with Eddie Jones’ England rugby team.
Skills coach Ryles is leaving the role because of challenges created by the pandemic.
Having impressed during shorter spells with Jones’ back room staff, Ryles joined on a full-time basis last October after helping Melbourne to win the NRL grand final as assistant to Craig Bellamy.
But he was unable to join up with England during the Six Nations because of the coronavirus travel restrictions, instead remaining with his family in Australia.
Attack coach Simon Armor is also departing after he and the Rugby Football Union “mutually decided” to part company.
The departures come after England slumped to their worst ever Six Nations performance, triggering an RFU review which declined to criticise Jones.
Former Team GB sevens boss Amor appears to have paid the price for the team’s blunt attack after 15 months in the role.
“I’d like to thank Simon and Jason for their contributions to England,” Jones said.
“I would like to commend Simon’s outstanding diligence and his hard work, and I have no doubt he will find a role soon that suits him perfectly.
“With Jason, the COVID-19 restrictions have proved too difficult for him and his family to overcome, which we fully understand but are disappointed for us and the team.
“They both leave with the best wishes of everyone involved with England and for their future pursuits in the game.”
Jones will oversee the attack for England’s fixtures against the USA and Canada, plus for the ‘A’ international against Scotland ‘A’, with defence coach John Mitchell and forwards coach Matt Proudfoot continuing in their existing roles.