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Eddie Jones’ England start delayed due to visa issues

  • Australian awaiting paperwork from Japanese embassy in Tokyo
  • First game in charge is against Scotland in the Six Nations on February 6th
Eddie Jones’ tenure as England coach was meant to begin on Tuesday but has been delayed due to visa issues.

The Australian was due to start at Twickenham yesterday but is still in Japan dealing with the visa paperwork that will allow him to work in the UK.

Jones became England’s first foreign head coach, taking over from Stuart Lancaster following a disappointing 2015 Rugby World Cup campaign, which saw the men in white become the first primary hosts to exit their home Rugby World Cup at the pool stages.

His first stop after leaving London was to visit Los Angeles for a World Rugby conference before returning to his home in Tokyo.

Jones’s first game in charge of England will be their opening Six Nations game, against Scotland at Murrayfield on 6 February.

He joined the Stormers in Cape Town after guiding Japan to three wins at the World Cup but was hired by the RFU before he took charge of a single game.