Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney has responded to claims from Sam Warburton and Ugo Monye that the Union statement backing Eddie Jones was dishonest.
The RFU chief has now acknowledged that England’s Six Nations campaign fell below expectations.
“The feelings were genuine. Really disappointed, massively frustrated. Should we have said that more up front on Saturday? Yes, probably, recognising fans’ disappointment as well.
“We are all, as an organisation and to a person, incredibly disappointed with what happened this year in the Six Nations.
“You’d expect more from England and we demand more in terms of our results and our performances. Our emotions have been running very high. It still feels quite raw.
“Winning two this year compared to winning two last year is not progress and that’s a fair criticism. But in terms of how we feel the team is progressing and how it’s developing, in the context of where we want to get to, we feel we’re heading in the right direction, hence we were OK with that statement.”
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Initially left out and relatively unused during the 2022 Six Nations, it appears that the international career of the Leicester Tigers fly-half is all but over. England captain Farrell will likely take his place in the squad for the three-match series against the Wallabies though he may line-up at 12 with Marcus Smith retaining the fly-half position.