Eddie Jones signs new contract as England head coach

  • Alex Batt
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Eddie Jones has put pen to paper on a new deal as England head coach, it has been announced today.

The Australian only had one year left on his existing contract, which was set to expire in the summer of 2021, but after guiding England to the Rugby World Cup final, it was understood that he was to be offered a new deal.

Now, it has been confirmed and Jones will guide England to the next World Cup in 2023, which is set to take place in France.

Speaking about the new contract, Jones said, as per BBC: "We have a great team and I am excited about raising the standards again.

"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."

Ever since taking over at Twickenham, Jones has had an impressive 78% win ratio, and he's guided the Red Roses to two Six Nations titles and a World Cup final.

Just recently, the 60-year-old agreed to take a substantial pay cut due to these uncertain times amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and whilst discussing the new contract for Jones, RFU chief Bill Sweeney couldn't help but mention the ongoing issues.

"My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by Covid-19, both across the country at large, but also within our own rugby union community.

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"In exceptionally difficult times, we are pleased to be sharing some good news."

With the sporting world currently on hold, it's not yet clear when we will next see the England national side in action, but one thing we do know is that when that does happen, Jones will be looking over them.

Let's hope he and his England team can go one better in the next World Cup in 2023.

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