The English Federation favors an English successor for Eddie Jones


The chairman of the English Rugby Federation (RFU), Bill Sweeney, has said that he would prefer to appoint an English successor to his coach, Eddie Jones, when the latter no longer leads the fifteen of the Rose. After the Six Nations Tournament, finished in third place behind France and Ireland, Sweeney renewed his confidence in the Australian coach of the English selection, whose contract runs until the end of the 2023 World Cup.

Still, Jones has come under a lot of criticism in recent months. Since the 2019 World Cup final, lost to South Africa (32-12), England have lost their status and tumbled to fifth in the world.

Sweeney’s intention to appoint a coach of English nationality to succeed Jones would exclude profiles such as that of Warren Gatland, former New Zealand coach of Wales, or Rassie Erasmus, world champion with South Africa in 2019.

Borthwick, Baxter and Cockerill as favourites?

“We think we have a great wealth of English coachingSweeney said. As the dominant nation in this game, we should develop English coaches and an English style of play. » Bill Sweeney also announced that the RFU had “an advanced succession plan” with an eye on “every English manager you can imagine, based here and abroad”.

Conor O’Shea, former Italy manager and current director of rugby and performance at the RFU, said the governing body aim to appoint Jones’ successor before the summer of 2023. Several names have been cited by the British media: Steve Borthwick, the coach of the Leicester Tigers, Rob Baxter, that of Exeter, or Richard Cockerill, currently in the staff of the fifteen of the Rose.

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