Eddie Jones has been sacked as English rugby’s head trainer with quick impact. The Australian was once summoned to a gathering at Twickenham on Tuesday morning and knowledgeable that his seven-year tenure in command of the nationwide group have been terminated after a disappointing collection of effects this yr.
It is a huge name by means of the Rugby Football Union simply 9 months ahead of the beginning of subsequent yr’s Rugby World Cup in France. Leicester’s Steve Borthwick stays the main candidate to switch the 62-year-old Jones however, for now, the forwards trainer Richard Cockerill has been installed day by day rate in a caretaker function.
In a observation the RFU’s leader govt, Bill Sweeney, mentioned: “It is important to recognize the huge contribution Eddie has made to English rugby, winning three Six Nations Championships, one grand slam and taking us to a Rugby World Cup final.
“He has the highest win ratio of any previous England head coach and has helped develop the leadership skills of many players and coaches. I am grateful to Eddie for all he has done for England across many areas of the game and the professional way in which he has approached reviewing the performance of the team. He has provided the panel with astute insight and meaningful lessons that will support the team performance going forward.”
Jones, who boasted a 73% successful document in command of England, awesome to every other Red Rose head trainer together with the World Cup-winning guru Sir Clive Woodward, mentioned he was once leaving with a point of delight at what England accomplished on his watch. “I am pleased with much that we have achieved as an England team and I look forward to watching the team’s performance in the future. Many of the players and I will no doubt keep in touch and I wish them all well in their future careers.”
Under Jones, England reached the 2019 World Cup ultimate and gained 3 Six Nations titles together with a grand slam in 2016, his first yr in rate. They additionally equaled New Zealand’s document of 18 consecutive Test victories in 2017 however have now not been as constantly a success since. This yr England have persisted their worst set of effects since 2008, shedding six, drawing one and successful 5 in their 12 Test suits in 2022. They controlled only one win from their 4 autumn Tests.
The choice to push aside Jones was once taken by means of the RFU board on Tuesday. Speaking concerning the choice, the RFU chair, Tom Ilube, mentioned: “The impartial evaluation panel incessantly updates the board on its discussions and findings. We are totally supportive of its procedure and proposals.”
In March, after England’s disappointing Six Nations campaign, the RFU had backed Jones, saying it was “inspired by means of the cast growth the group has made”. That optimism has not been shared by supporters, with a chorus of Twickenham boos greeting the 27-13 loss to South Africa last month.
With Warren Gatland having agreed to return to Wales in the wake of Wayne Pivac’s abrupt sacking on Monday, the RFU says its future coaching setup will be confirmed “within the close to long term”. England kick off their 2023 Six Nations campaign with a Calcutta Cup showdown against Scotland at Twickenham on 4 February.
Not everyone is convinced that jettisoning Jones is a wise move, with former Wallaby international Matt Giteau describing it on Twitter as “the silliest factor they might do to the English rugby group” and a “giant mistake”.