Austin Healey picks his controversial replacement for Eddie Jones - Ruck

Austin Healey picks his controversial replacement for Eddie Jones

Former England international Austin Healey has suggested bringing Warren Gatland into the England set-up if Eddie Jones’ side lose yet again to France on Saturday.

“The last two years have not been anywhere near good enough. If England lose on Saturday, something has to change,” Healey wrote.

“One of the major problems is that Jones is always coming up with good excuses. There has always been a complaint, a theme, a change of staff. I cannot see Eddie working for anyone else. So, if you said you wanted to put someone above him in a director of rugby role, he would pull the plug himself. 

“Even though in that scenario you could have someone there to control selection, the media and enable Eddie just to coach – and he is undoubtedly a good coach, as we have seen many times.

“Then you might be in a better position. The names that come to mind are Stuart Lancaster, Mark McCall or Rob Baxter – although I could never see Baxter leaving Exeter. 

“Does Warren Gatland want the job? Could you tempt him back from the Chiefs in New Zealand to come and take over before the All Blacks consider appointing him in 2023?”


England next head coach odds favourites (Oddschecker)

#5. Andy Farrell – 22/1

The irony with Farrell is that he is arguably the most obvious candidate and fits the role as well as anyone, but he might be the toughest for the RFU to land due to his long-term deal with Ireland.


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