Wednesday, 18 November 2015

England set to appoint Eddie Jones as new head coach

Eddie Jones is expected to be named as England’s first overseas head coach by the Rugby Football Union.

The deal depends on Twickenham chiefs agreeing compensation with the Cape Town-based Super Rugby side the Stormers, for whom Jones only started working last week.

But given their boast that they would spend whatever it takes to land their chosen one, 55-year-old Jones is set to take charge in good time to lead England’s Six Nations challenge.

The development comes two days after bookmakers suspended betting on the canny Australian succeeding Stuart Lancaster.

Jones lit up the recent World Cup by coaching minnows Japan to a sensational victory over two-time winners South Africa - whom he had helped beat England to win the tournament's final in 2007.

Four years before that, he led hosts Australia to the final, only to be denied by England thanks to Jonny Wilkinson’s last-gasp drop goal.

Jones' arrival will reportedly spell the end of Chris Robshaw's captaincy.
While Lancaster shoulders much of the blame for England's abysmal performance at the World Cup, Robshaw was also heavily criticised — particularly regarding his decision-making.

And Jones previously criticised Robshaw on BBC Radio 4.

"I just don't think he's an open-side flanker. He's more a six and a half," he said. "He's an excellent player but the first thing you have to do for the captain is to make sure he's going to be in the team"

"Can he find his place as blind-side flanker? "

"I haven't been looking at England's players in depth, so I'm really not privy to information on that."

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