Eddie Jones sacked, the end of an era for the England rugby team

Eddie Jones before kick-off of the match between England and Argentina, at Twickenham, November 6, 2022.

It’s a small earthquake in the world of rugby. Appointed at the head of the England team in 2015, the Australian Eddie Jones was relieved of his functions, announced in a press release, Tuesday December 6, the English federation, after having, she said, “reviewed the results of the fall tour”. This dismissal comes a day after that of Wales coach Wayne Pivac, replaced by New Zealander Warren Gatland.

During the fall test matches, the XV de la Rose recorded two defeats, against Argentina (30-29) and South Africa (27-13), a draw against New Zealand (25 -25) and a single victory – logical – against Japan (52-13). And 2022 had not started well for the English either, with a third place (two wins and three losses) in the Six Nations Tournament. Result: Edddie Jones’ men ended the year with the worst record of an English selection since 2008, and this less than a year from the 2023 World Cup in France.

“We have achieved a lot of satisfying things”

“Eddie brought a lot to English rugby”however recognized Bill Sweeney, the president of the federation, in the press release. “He has a higher win rate than any England manager and has helped many players or managers to progress. I am grateful to him for all he has achieved in many areas of the game and for his professional approach. »

The 62-year-old technician, who had previously coached Japan for three years, won the Six Nations Tournament three times, in 2016 (by achieving the grand slam, that is to say by being undefeated), in 2017 and in 2020. He also took England to the World Cup final, lost to South Africa (12-32), in 2019 in Japan.

“We have achieved a lot of satisfying things with the England team and I can’t wait to see what they produce in the future”reacted, handsome player, Eddie Jones, in the press release from the English federation. “I wish the players the best for their further careers and I’m sure I will keep in touch with many of them. »

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Waiting for further announcements to be made ” in the near future “, Bill Sweeney has announced that it is the coach of the English forwards, Richard Cockerill, who will take over as interim head of the XV de la Rose. A name comes up with insistence to replace Eddie Jones: Steve Borthwick, former captain of the selection today coach of Leceister. However, several questions arise: would he be allowed to juggle between his two positions, or would he only arrive in June, after the season?


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