Jones has ‘tremen­dous credit’, in­sists RFU boss

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION - DUN­CAN BECH

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.

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