Jones has ‘tremendous credit’, insists RFU boss
EDDIE JONES retains the Rugby Football Union’s backing, but chairman Andy Cosslett has stopped short of guaranteeing he will remain England’s head coach at the World Cup next year.
The five-Test losing run that began in the NatWest Six Nations and includes a series defeat in South Africa concluded on Sat- urday night when the Springboks were defeated 25-10 in the third and final Test at Newlands.
Jones faced the first calls for his removal after the series was surrendered in Bloemfontein the previous weekend, but Cosslett insists his success in leading England out of the post-2015 World Cup doldrums is still valued at Twickenham.
Cosslett refuses to insure the Australian’s post from threat before Japan 2019, however.
“You’re asking for unconditional support, but only my children get that. And even then not always,” Cosslett said.
“It’s not something you give because you’re under assessment the whole time. It’s just not what we do.
“Eddie has earned the right to make a strong case for the way ahead. We’ll listen to his review of the tour and it will be fascinating to hear what he’s got to say.
“Eddie came to our union when it was at its lowest ebb after the World Cup. He grabbed it and took us on this extraordinary run.
“He has tremendous credit at the union for what he’s done. We’re very grateful to him for what he did at the time when we needed it most. We’ve had a reversal, which now hopefully we’ve sprung out of.
“The win in Cape Town was great, it was important and fantastic for the team, for the squad and everyone involved, but you have to keep a sense of proportion about this.”
Jones will meet with RFU chief executive Steve Brown after his return to England today.
EDDIE JONES: England’s head coach saw his team end a fivematch losing streak on Saturday.