Eddie Jones, 55, is set to become the first foreign rugby head coach of England.
The Australian had finalised the details of his appointment with Rugby Football Union chief Ian Ritchie during a meeting in London on Thursday.
Succeeding Stuart Lancaster, the former Japan national coach secured his release from a “long-term contract” with South African franchise the Stormers.
Former England captain Steve Borthwick could be brought in as part of Jones’ coaching team. He is under contract as forwards coach at Bristol and worked with Jones at Saracens and Japan.
Jones has been the frontrunner from the beginning of the recruitment process and will be among the highest paid rugby coaches in the world.
Jones was only appointed as the new Stormers head coach in September after leading Japan to the World Cup in England, during which they recorded a famous victory over South Africa in the pool stage.
He fits Ritchie’s desire to appoint a man with “proven international experience”.
The RFU are keen to have a core of English assistants working under Jones.