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Eddie Jones says Stuart Lancaster deserves credit

  • Eddie Jones says Stuart Lancaster deserves credit for England success
  • He told BBC Sport Lancaster should be “congratulated for the job he did.”
England head coach Eddie Jones has praised the work of his predecessor Stuart Lancaster, saying he deserves credit for doing a “great job” developing the team.

Lancaster, 46, left his post in November after three and a half years in charge, following England’s dramatic early exit from their home World Cup at the pool stage.

Jones, who had led Australia and Japan previously, was subsequently appointed and has guided England to the Six Nations title with a game to spare. They will win their first Grand Slam since 2003 if they beat France in Paris on Saturday.

He told BBC Lancaster should be “congratulated on the job he did”.

The 56-year-old Australian added: “I’d be remiss not to say that a lot of the success has got to be put down to what Stuart Lancaster did with this group of players.”

England had the youngest squad at the World Cup, with an average age of 26.2 years.

Jones, the first foreign coach of the England team, added: “He did a great job developing this team up to the stage they were, so we’re all thankful to him.”