Eddie Jones has just spent a few days in France to visit the facilities that will host England at the next World Cup (September 8 to October 28, 2023). A useless stay? Maybe. According to our information, the Australian coach of the fifteen of the Rose could lose his position, which he has held since 2015, and not resist the sad autumn tour, with only one victory acquired at Twickenham, at the expense of Japan (52-13).
An insufficient and far too light success to counterbalance with a hitch against Argentina (30-29), an unexpected draw against the All Blacks (25-25) and a loss against South Africa (27-13). The results for 2022 are catastrophic with seven defeats.
A decisive meeting
This Sunday, Eddie Jones, who is under contract until the end of 2023, has an appointment with the big shots of the English Federation and he would have few illusions. He knows his days are numbered. It is not the first time that his position has wavered, that his method and his choices have been criticized in the media or by the elders, but the management was used to supporting him. This time, when the Aussie turns around, he doesn’t see or hear anyone coming to his rescue.
“Like them (the supporters) we are very disappointed”
A few hours after the defeat against South Africa, Bill Sweeney, the big boss, had hastened to comment on the bad month of November for his team, whistled by the spectators of Twickenham, at least by those who had not not left the enclosure before the end of the matches. “We would like to thank the team supporters for their patience and support. It makes us something to see their reaction. Like them, we are very disappointed. Despite the high level of certain performances, and the presence of great talents in the team, the results are not what we expected. »
Warren Gatland at the head of a commando operation
A polite way of saying that the coach has not found the key to creating an effective collective and that he is therefore responsible for what is happening. This statement resembles the one made in March 2022, a few days after a catastrophic Tournament: “We are all very disappointed. We expected more. It’s a mix between frustration and disappointment. We understand that fans are hoping for more. We feel we are on the right track. » Between March and November, there was the Australian tour marked by two successes. But everyone now seems capable of defeating the Kangaroos, even Italy (28-27 victory).
Who could take his place? The Federation dreams of appointing an English successor. Steve Borthwick, the current manager of Leicester, is the big favourite. But the former assistant to Eddie Jones is not free and he cannot imagine abandoning his club during the season.
For the past few days, in England, the possibility of a commando operation has been raised, led by Warren Gatland, the former New Zealand coach of Wales. This Sunday, things should be clearer, and Eddie Jones will know if he will have more time to play his role as consultant to the Japanese club Suntory Sungoliath.