Mon. May 23rd, 2022


“I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for this team,” Eddie Jones insisted, after his side slumped to a third-place finish following a 25-13 defeat to France in Paris

Last Updated: 20/03/22 8:42am

Jones insists he 'couldn't be more excited' about the prospects for his young England side

Jones insists he ‘couldn’t be more excited’ about the prospects for his young England side

Eddie Jones has urged fans to “keep the faith”, after England were forced to settle for a third-place finish in the Guinness Six Nations following a 25-13 defeat to France in Paris.

France claimed their first Six Nations crown and Grand Slam since 2010, while England were left to reflect on another underwhelming campaign.

For the third time in five years, England ended the tournament with three defeats from their five matches, which has heightened the scrutiny on Jones, just 18 months ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

The 62-year-old refused to be drawn on speculation surrounding his future on Saturday night, and speaking on Sunday morning, he reiterated his belief that he is the right man to lead England.

“They [England fans] have got to have some faith,” Jones said. “I think I have done a reasonable job for England over the past seven years.

“We are going through a period now where we are rebuilding the team and it takes time. Look at the French team, it took them three years to win the [Six Nations] Championship.

France sealed their first Six Nations crown since 2010 courtesy of a 25-13 victory on home soil

France sealed their first Six Nations crown since 2010 courtesy of a 25-13 victory on home soil

“We have rebuilt the side from the last Six Nations. I think the progress is very positive. The results aren’t the results we would like.

“We would all like to be winning tournaments and be top of the table, but we are not quite good enough to do that now, but within the next 12 to 14 months when we prepare for the World Cup, we will be.”

When asked whether he retained the backing of the RFU ahead of the 2023 edition, he added: “You would have to ask the RFU that. My job is just to do my job, which is to start preparing for the Australian tour now.”

England return to action against the Barbarians at Twickenham on June 19 before they depart for a three-Test series in Australia, and Jones is bullish about what the future holds.

“Am I pleased with the job I’m doing? I am not pleased with the results, but do I think I’m coaching well? 100 per cent,” Jones claimed.

England have suffered three defeats in three of their last five Six Nations campaigns

England have suffered three defeats in three of their last five Six Nations campaigns

“I think I am coaching well, but sometimes you don’t get the results. I’ve coached for long enough to know that this is all part of rebuilding a team, and rebuilding a team at international level is a complex and intriguing project, particularly when you’re coaching a team like England.

“The expectation is so high and you don’t get any latitude when you are bringing young players through, who tend to be more inconsistent as they learn their craft at international level.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the prospects for this team. The only thing I am worried about now is preparing for Australia.

“I think we have got 11 Tests before the World Cup, and that means Freddie [Steward] and guys like Marcus [Smith] and Harry Randall are going to increase their Test experience by a 100 per cent in that period. The timing for our team going into the World Cup I think is very good.”





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