Beauden Barrett Eddie Jones future remains in doubt with no progress on new contract, confirms RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney

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Eddie Jones’ future as England head coach beyond 2021 remains uncertain after Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney placed the prospect of an extended contract in doubt.

Sweeney stated after England had finished World Cup runners-up that it would make “sense” to retain Jones until France 2023, adding that talks would be held “as a matter of urgency” upon their return from Japan.

A two-day tournament debrief was “overwhelmingly positive” in tone, but Sweeney is now in less haste to extend Jones’ current deal, which has two years left to run.

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“Eddie and I have sat down and talked on a number of occasions,” Sweeney said.

“We continue to discuss it but at the moment he’s fully committed to seeing out the contract until 2021 and we’ll take it from there. We’re chatting about it.

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