England head coach Eddie Jones is set to sign a new deal to remain in charge until after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, according to reports.
The 60-year-old’s current deal is due to expire next year but following a back and forth chat with the Rugby Football Union chief executive, Bill Sweeney.
Eddie Jones set to sign new England contract until World Cup 2023 https://t.co/whnU10dyGC— The Guardian (@guardian) April 1, 2020
Jones had teased leaving his position following the 2019 World Cup final defeat, admitting that it was “hard to kick stones for four years”
However, now the dust has settled on Japan, The Telegraph reports that ‘Jones has slowly but surely warmed’ to the idea of staying on as England’s head coach.
Jones has urged his players to set an example for others to follow at this time of unprecedented crisis, drawing on the values rugby has long prided itself on.
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“It’s a difficult time, obviously the health of everyone is the most important thing,” Jones said from his home in Japan.
“Rugby is a game that has always espoused teamwork and one of the things we talk about with the England side all the time is how you can become a better team-mate.
Now for everyone, it’s how you become a better citizen.
“Following instructions and behaving with discipline is important.”