Ella joins England staff

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by Beth Newman

First it was George Smith, now Eddie Jones has recruited Glen Ella to help England's June series cause.

The RFU announced on Thursday night that Ella would join the English team as its skills coach for the three-week series.

Ella take charge of much of England's attack and offer specialised skills coaching for the backs, as they attempt to reverse the result of last year's World Cup clash, which the Wallabies won 33-13.

It will be a reunion of sorts for the former Randwick teammates, with Ella also a Wallabies assistant coach under Eddie Jones, following an assistant stint with Bob Dwyer at the 1995 tournament.

Ella said there was plenty of improvements left in the English attack, which will face a formidable test against the dynamic Wallabies backline come June.

"Eddie's got England moving in the right direction but there's still a lot of work to be done, particularly in attack," he said.

Jones said Ella's experience coaching across the globe made him a valuable addition to the staff.

“Glen has coached rugby all around the world and not only brings with him a wealth of experience, but also has one of the best attacking minds in the business,: he said.

“Working alongside myself and the rest of the coaching team Glen will assist me in developing our attack play strategies and also provide some specialist backs skills coaching.

"It’s an area we know we need to improve and I’m sure we’ll benefit greatly from having Glen on board for the tour.”

The Wallabies take on England in a three-Test June Series kicking off in Brisbane on June 11.