England want Eddie Jones to stay despite flop performance in Rugby World Cup final

The Sun Sports 1 month ago

ENGLAND want Eddie Jones to stay on until the next World Cup and are ready to offer him a two-year contract extension.

The Aussie boss’ current deal only runs until 2021.

But RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney wants Jones to stay on at Twickenham until the next World Cup, after finishing runners-up in Japan to South Africa.

Sweeney and Jones will meet this week for talks and asked if he hoped the former Springboks assistant would stay.

He said: “It makes sense doesn’t it?

“If you’re going to go through to France 2023 it’s nice to have that unbroken stretch.

“He’s done a fantastic job with this squad. I think he’s got an awful lot more to offer yet. It’s not job done yet.

Eddie is committed to his contract through to the end of August 2021 and he is fulfilling that. We’ve already had a couple of conversations and when we get back we will formalise that more. We will do it as a matter of urgency.

“Eddie’s one of the world’s best coaches — if not the best — despite the result against South Africa.

“One of the first priorities when we get back will be to sit down and have a chat. We will do it as a matter of urgency.

“There are a lot of emotions flying around after a game so let the dust settle a little bit and then see where his head’s at, see how he feels about it.

“But the first step is to honour that contract through to 2021 and then we’ll discuss what goes on beyond that.”

Australia want Jones back as their head coach after his heroics with England.

But the cash-strapped ARU can’t afford his £750,000-a-year wages and neither can Fiji, who are also keen.

Sweeney is well aware of the vultures circling, and he said: “When you’re in Eddie’s position, you’re going to have people sniffing around and you can imagine the story Australia would put together.

“We can only control our relationship with him and we can only control what we will wrap around him to enable us to perform at our best.

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“He’s done a fantastic job with this squad – look where we were at the last tournament.

“I don’t think those scars will ever go from not getting out of the group, but look what he’s done to bring the team here and some of the risks he’s taken.

“He’s unearthed some fantastic players who have huge careers ahead with England. He gets on well with that squad, he’s committed to England rugby, so he’s got an awful lot more to offer yet.”

Sweeney also confirmed that there are talks planned to finalise deals to replace Jones’ outgoing backroom staff of forwards coach Steve Borthwick, scrum guru Neal Hatley and attack coach Scott Wisemantel.

He added: “Eddie is already drawing up his plans about what that coaching team will be. He’s got some names in the frame and some of them have been spoken to already.”

Sweeney also confirmed there he will form a panel to conduct a full review of the 2019 campaign.


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