Eddie Jones responds to reports he could make shock England exit

England head coach Eddie Jones has dismissed rumours of a return Down Under amid pay cut and potential drop in funding for the national team.

Earlier this week, the Daily Mail reported that coaching opportunities have arisen for the man, who led England to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, in Japan’s Top League and the MLR in the USA.

However, Jones has quickly moved to deny the reports.

“Yeah, 100 per-cent. I’ve only got one aim in mind — to make this team better every day,” said the Aussie, restating his commitment to England until the next World Cup.

Jones agreed back in March to take a 25% cut in his wages to fall in line with all senior employees at the RFU.

But it was thought to be a temporary measure. Now, as Twickenham chiefs brace themselves for losses of up to £107 million, it is claimed Jones and his assistant coaches will stay on their amended terms for the foreseeable future.

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But the 60-year-old has insisted he has readily accepted his revised salary, saying: “I don’t think it is any grand gesture by me.

“I was asked to do it. I understand the situation. I once worked at a school for three months for no pay.

“Sometimes you have to make sacrifices. The sacrifice I am making personally as compared to what some other people are making in sport and society is negligible.”


Eddie Jones’ most used England XV

BACK-THREE:

15. Anthony Watson (28 appearances)

14. Jonny May (37 appearances)

11. Elliot Daly (43 appearances)


CENTRE:

13. Jonathan Joseph (34 appearances)

12. Owen Farrell (48 appearances)

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