Rugby | Eddie Jones agrees new England contract


England rugby manager Eddie Jones has agreed a new two-year contract extension which will keep him at the helm until the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

Jones, whose current deal is set to expire in 2021, guided England to the World Cup final against South Africa last year.

Since replacing Stuart Lancaster in 2015, the 60-year-old guided England to the Grand Slam in 2016 and another Six Nations Championship in 2017.

“The extension is a great honour for me, but in the current environment, it is only right to acknowledge what a difficult time the world is facing,” Jones said.

“We are all looking forward to a time when we can get back to playing rugby and use the sport as a force for good in bringing people back together.”

England lost their opening 2020 Six Nations clash against France in Paris, but secured the Triple Crown with victories over Ireland, Scotland and Wales before the remainder of the tournament was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes,” Jones said on Thursday.

“Now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen. It’s a big ambition but I believe we are capable of doing it.”

If the outspoken Australian sees out his new contract, he will surpass Sir Clive Woodward’s record as England’s longest-serving manager.

England are currently third in the world rugby rankings, behind world champions South Africa and New Zealand.

Jones has also joined the RFU executive board in taking a 25% pay cut during the coronavirus crisis.