Sat, 06 Jun 2020

England coach Eddie Jones has agreed a contract extension which will see him continue his role until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The news was confirmed on England Rugby's official website on Thursday.

Jones joined England at the end of 2015 and has coached them in 54 Tests, winning 42, drawing one and losing 11 - giving him a win ratio of 78%, the highest in the history of England coaches.

Under Jones, England have won two Six Nations titles including a Grand Slam in 2016, a 3-0 away Test series win against Australia in the same year, an unbeaten run of 18 matches equalling New Zealand's record and were finalists at last year's Rugby World Cup in Japan where they lost 32-12 to South Africa.

"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. 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.

"I never thought coming here four years ago I would be doing a second four years but the circumstances are right. Obviously it is important for the team that we keep improving and my focus will be solely on that."

Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO, also commented: "His record since joining speaks for itself and he has proven why he is one of the best coaches in world rugby. The progress shown by England since 2015 has been indisputable and having fielded the youngest-ever team to play in a World Cup final, we know even more growth is possible. We are all excited by what this squad can do and having Eddie leading the team is very important to us.

"We reached an understanding soon after returning from Japan but there were some things that we wanted to make sure worked for both sides. We have announced Eddie's contract extension a few weeks later than planned as our focus was diverted to support the English rugby community during this difficult time, we are now turning our attention to developing plans to support the rebooting of rugby and a winning England team will provide a vital role in that."

Ahead of the Six Nations, Jones confirmed Simon Amor and Matt Proudfoot would join Steve Borthwick and John Mitchell as his assistant coaches. Jason Ryles will join later in the year as skills coach following Borthwick's departure towards the end of the season.

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