Eddie Jones set to learn England fate in April after 'brutally honest' Six Nations review

Eddie Jones is set to discover by the middle of next month whether he will keep his position as England rugby coach following the teams woeful Six Nations title defence.
England finished in fifth place after losing to Scotland, Wales and Ireland in a single championship for the first time since 1976.

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England coach Eddie Jones is under pressure after a poor Six Nations campaign.

Jones, who took over in late 2015, stayed on after taking the team to the 2019 World Cup final and has a contract through to the 2023 tournament in France.

Bill Sweeney, chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, said a full debrief of the Six Nations has been brought forward from May to April and promised there will be a reaction.


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I think its really important at this stage we apply a bit of good old English calm, Sweeney said. We have to react. You cant just do nothing. And we wont do nothing.

But, at the same time, its important we dont overreact. Lets just get this in context, let the dust settle for days rather than weeks, but we will kick off that debrief process. We wont leave any stone unturned.


Sweeney refused to say whether Jones retains the backing of the RFU.

He said his organisation was incredibly disappointed in the teams performances because England, the richest rugby union in the world, doesnt go into a Six Nations expecting to come fifth.

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England lost to Scotland, Wales and Ireland in a single championship for the first time since 1976.

It needs to be a thorough, brutally honest analysis of what went wrong and why and what the issues are, he said. We certainly dont want it to be an opportunity to wallow in excuses. It has been an unusual year, and I could reel off a whole list to you But we dont want to dwell on that.

We want to look at the more fundamental issues of, are there any learnings from this in terms of how does this impact our thinking going through to 2023?


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