Eddie Jones' pay-off amount emerges after being sacked by England in December - Ruck

Eddie Jones’ pay-off amount emerges after being sacked by England in December

The RFU made a payoff of over £1m to former England boss Eddie Jones and his staff, according to the latest reports.

The Aussie was sacked by England Rugby in December after seven years in the role with Steve Borthwick, his former assistant with both Japan and England, replacing him at the helm.

Speaking about his England departure: “There is obviously still a tinge of disappointment that you don’t get to finish a project. We had set out post the World Cup in 2019 to have a team that could win the World Cup in 2023,” Jones told Sky Sports News’ Eleanor Roper.

“There was a difference of opinion. I felt that we were where we needed to be, but the RFU didn’t which is their prerogative so I don’t hold any recriminations against them.

“But I look back with an element of pride and disappointment. Disappointment at not finishing the job but I think I have left England Rugby in a better spot than I picked it up in and that was always the opportunity.

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“The second thing I am really proud of is, part of my job was to find the next England coach and Steve Borthwick, we worked together for a fair period of time and he is an excellent choice and will do an excellent job.

“I think he will do a great job and he has potentially got a good team there.

“There is always injury and issues for the England team but I am sure he is going to do a good job.”

Recent estimations suggest Jones was paid almost £800,000 after leaving the role.

he worst England XV of all-time

RUCK looks at the worst players to have ever pulled on a shirt for the Red Rose. 

First of all, we have to say that to play for England you have to be a very good player – but these players, for one reason or another, never quite performed as they would have liked in the white jersey.

This team was inspired and partly taken from Mike Cooper’s origional blog on RuckedOver.

Fullback: Mark Van Gisbergen

Yes, he has a cap – only a fleeting one, as a late replacement for Mark Cueto against Australia in 2005 – but he does boast a 100% winning ratio in international colours, so you can’t knock that. His main strengths were dropping the high ball under limited pressure and getting gassed on the outside.


Winger: Barrie-Jon Mather

He became the first player to represent Great Britain in Rugby League and England in Union. His move to union was part funded by the RFU, who were embarking on a strategy of converting some of leagues best talent. However, Mather struggled to make an impact with Sale and moved back to Castleford in 2000. In spite of his poor form with Sale, Clive Woodward gave Mather his debut against Wales in the famous Grand Slam decider in 1999. However, Mather never played for England again after Wales won the game 32-31, following Scott Gibbs’ superb try.


Centre: Joel Tomkins

Tomkins began his League career with Wigan in 2005 and outside of a short stint with the Widnes Vikings in 2007, played with the Warriors until moving to Saracens in 2011. While Tomkins initially struggled to adapt to union, but his form during the beginning of the 2013/14 season saw him earn an England cap against Australia in November 2013. Although he went on to make two further international appearances, he looked completely out of his depth and returned to league soon after.

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