Eddie Jones gets dreaded public vote of confidence from RFU

Eddie Jones will remain as England’s head coach after he received the backing of the Rugby Football Union.


Sky Sports reports that the RFU has backed Jones and there are “no plans to reconsider his contract”. In a statement the RFU told Sky: “The RFU supports Eddie Jones and his coaching team.”

The brief response from the RFU is a “terse statement of support” for Jones, says The Daily Telegraph’s Gavin Mairs, with the governing body “stopping well short” of declaring that the Australian was the right man to lead England to next year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.


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The Guardian’s Robert Kitson adds that the loss in South Africa has “exposed an unhealthy regime that needs a drastic reboot”. Kitson writes: “It is reaching a point where their morale is almost as shaken as it was in the aftermath of the 2015 World Cup. Things do not feel entirely right behind the scenes, with Jones’s all-pervasive influence at risk of becoming counter-productive.”

Meanwhile Tom Fordyce of the BBC asks where has it all gone wrong for Jones and England? Citing poor defence, indiscipline and too many mistakes during a year where England also finished a worst-ever fifth in the Six Nations, Fordyce concludes: “Something has to change for England. Jones has never had a more challenging task.”

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