England rugby union parted company with coach Eddie Jones this week after a strong spell with the side that has stalled recently.
“It is important to recognise the huge contribution Eddie has made to English rugby, winning three Six Nations Championships, one Grand Slam and taking us to a Rugby World Cup Final,” said RFU CEO, Bill Sweeney.
“He has the highest win ratio of any previous England head coach and has helped develop the leadership skills of many players and coaches. I am grateful to Eddie for all he has done for England across many areas of the game and the professional way in which he has approached reviewing the performance of the team. He has provided the panel with astute insight and meaningful lessons that will support the team performance going forward.”
Jones’ departure has led to speculation that Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield could be headed to England as Defence Coach, despite the fact former Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson taking on the role recently, as England look to appoint the entire Leicester Tigers coaching team.
However, this for Jones could see him finally make the move to rugby league which has nearly happened before according to Brian Carney on Sky Sports who revealed Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves nearly appointed Jones.
He said: “Wigan went close to getting Eddie Jones a few years ago, Warrington had an interest in getting him as a head coach four or five years ago, so he’s well thought of in rugby league circles.”