Eddie Jones to be sacked as England rugby coach

Eddie Jones is set to be sacked as coach of England’s rugby team any day now.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) have not confirmed Jones’ exit, ahead of Tuesday’s board meeting.

But The Sun reports despite fighting for his job, the Australian looks doomed.

Jones met with the panel reviewing England’s dismal recent results and RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney will report to his board today.

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The board is set to side with Sweeney whether he decides to back or sack his head coach with the World Cup just nine months away.

Jones, who led the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final, was reportedly fearing for his future but was intent on coming out swinging in yesterday’s meeting.

Three of his assistant coaches, Richard Cockerill, Martin Gleeson and Matt Proudfoot, also met the RFU and their futures remain uncertain.

Union chiefs remain concerned about the churn of staff under Jones.

Defence coach Anthony Seibold recently went back to rugby league and medic Richard Tingay left his post.

With Warren Gatland out of the frame after Wales fast-tracked his reappointment to their top job, the RFU have a race against time to fill their hole if Jones exits.

England are due to have a training camp around New Year and face Scotland in their Six Nations opener on February 4, leaving a new coach little time to settle in.

Kiwi Scott Robertson, who was recently in England to coach the Barbarians, is thought to have been contacted by the RFU as a potential replacement

Robertson has won six Super Rugby championships with the Crusaders and the New Zealand outfit would need paying off if England came calling.

Jones led England a Grand Slam in 2016 after taking over following the 2015 World Cup and led England to the final at the 2019 World Cup.

On the way to the final against South Africa they destroyed New Zealand in the semi-final, in England’s best performance since 2003.

He also won two series in Australia and three Six Nations titles.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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