Rugby World Cup 2019: RFU chief executive suggests England are keen to keep Eddie Jones for the next World Cup

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England are determined to keep Eddie Jones as head coach through to the next Rugby World Cup in 2023 despite Saturday’s missed opportunity against South Africa – but have not yet entered into negotiations over a new contract.

As the dust settled on England’s demoralizing 32-12 defeat against South Africa to lose the Rugby World Cup 2019 final, Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney confirmed that he is delighted with how Jones has led the national team, even if they fell short at the final hurdle.

Jones took England from a pool-stage exit in 2015 under predecessor Stuart Lancaster to beating the All Blacks and finishing runners-up at Japan 2019, although the poor performance in the final did leave a sense of dejection among the squad in the immediate aftermath in Yokohama.

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But Sweeney revealed that one of his first priorities upon returning to England will to finalise what Jones wants to do with his future, given that he is only contracted for another two years as England boss until the summer of 2021.

“One of the first priorities when we get back will be to sit down and have a chat,” Sweeney said in Tokyo. “We’ve already had a couple of conversations and when we get back we will formalise that more. We will do it as a matter of urgency. You don’t like these things to hang out there for a long period of time anyway, so it will be sooner rather than later.

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