Eddie Jones retains ‘full support’ of RFU after review of England coach


Eddie Jones retains the “full assist” of the Rugby Soccer Union to hold on as England head coach regardless of their dismal Six Nations exhibiting. An RFU debrief has concluded that regardless of the “sub-optimal” marketing campaign – England’s worst since 1976 – Jones stays the proper man to guide the squad.

Jones is the very best paid coach on the earth however the Guardian revealed after the Six Nations that his contract features a clause that ensured it might not have been prohibitively costly for the RFU to half methods with the 61-year-old. The chief govt, Invoice Sweeney, had additionally refused to rule out sacking him however the union’s evaluate – which included “constructive suggestions” from the squad in addition to enter from coaches previous and current, assist employees and shows from Jones – has concluded he’ll stay within the position.

Considerably, nevertheless, the RFU intends to make sure that “exterior rugby specialists” will proceed to tell all future debriefs in addition to present “further perception and assist” for the pinnacle in what quantities to essentially the most vital end result of the evaluate when it comes to how Jones’s position could also be affected.

The evaluate has made plenty of suggestions to be carried out for the summer season Exams towards the USA and Canada – the RFU has additionally revealed they’re set to happen in England – and pinpointed plenty of “particular components” that impacted on this 12 months’s Six Nations marketing campaign. These embrace the truth that a number of gamers “didn’t have sufficient recreation time” earlier than the match – seemingly a reference to the Saracens contingent – in addition to how two of Jones’s right-hand males, Jason Ryles and Neil Craig, had been unable to be part of the marketing campaign. “Taking part in squad cohesion” was additionally recognized as a difficulty as a result of strict covid protocols inside the camp, as was breakdown indiscipline.

“We had been all upset to complete fifth within the Six Nations,” mentioned Sweeney. “Our observe document and outcomes underneath Eddie meant that we, the gamers and our followers had a lot greater expectations. Sport is all about positive margins which is why each marketing campaign debrief is invaluable in serving to us to study and enhance. Eddie approached this evaluate with quite a lot of self-awareness and humility, permitting us to have a look at each facet of the match to determine each small change we are able to make as a way to enhance.”

Different suggestions to be carried out embrace further assist constructions for coaches and gamers with an emphasis on sports activities psychology, further refereeing enter and nearer alignment with the Premiership – notably over using knowledge and analytics – in addition to an annual summer season convention between the elite England set-up and the top-flight coaches.

“Throughout the Six Nations we had been less than our typical excessive requirements and we recognise that,” mentioned Jones. “The debrief was a precious course of, all of us discovered quite a bit from the expertise and most significantly we’ve recognized actions to allow the workforce to maneuver ahead positively in the direction of 2023. I’m trying ahead to the summer season tour which can present an amazing alternative to see extra of our rising expertise and I’m assured our subsequent workforce will come again stronger this autumn constructing as much as a profitable efficiency within the subsequent Six Nations.”

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