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Eddie Jones says England could by no means appoint one other overseas coach to take cost of the nationwide crew; the Australian was reflecting on his seven-year spell within the position forward of this month’s Rugby World Cup

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Eddie Jones says the RFU are chargeable for England’s woes relatively than his successor as coach, Steve Borthwick

Former England coach Eddie Jones says the RFU should shoulder blame for the nationwide crew’s present disaster as they flounder within the build-up to this month’s Rugby World Cup.

England slumped to their first defeat in opposition to Fiji final weekend, taking place 30-22 at Twickenham – their fifth loss in six video games – and have now dropped to eighth on this planet rankings, a 20-year low.

Whereas present coach Steve Borthwick has are available in for criticism, Jones, who guided England to the final World Cup closing in 2019 and is now in control of his native Australia, has pointed the finger on the English recreation’s governing physique for failing to develop the following technology of expertise.

“It is a tough state of affairs, such as you’ve received an ageing crew,” Jones informed BBC Radio 4’s In the present day programme. “Anybody who is aware of something about sport can see that and then you definitely’ve received new gamers coming in.

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Former England full-back Jason Robinson believes Steve Borthwick’s present squad have loads of work to do in an effort to overcome their poor kind and succeed on the Rugby World Cup

Former England full-back Jason Robinson believes Steve Borthwick’s present squad have loads of work to do in an effort to overcome their poor kind and succeed on the Rugby World Cup

“A few of them have come by means of and carried out very well, like a Freddie Steward, others are nonetheless discovering their toes, like a Marcus Smith. You have a look at the outcomes of England during the last 5 years however they don’t seem to be producing high quality gamers.

“So everybody seems to be on the head coach and let’s blame the pinnacle coach. However the onus on producing high quality gamers is the RFU and that hasn’t occurred.

England have been crushed by Fiji for the primary time of their World Cup warm-up at Twickenham final weekend

“You have to have a look at why you are not bringing expertise by means of, then you have to have a look at why your expertise growth methods aren’t doing that – as a result of the system’s not proper.

“What wants to vary? The place’s the hole? That is the accountability of the RFU and it isn’t for me to offer them solutions.”

Jones, whose seven-year spell as England coach got here to an finish when he was sacked 9 months in the past, could possibly be going through a reunion along with his former aspect in the event that they attain the quarter-finals in France.

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Former Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi previews England’s possibilities forward of the World Cup following some poor kind of their warm-up matches

Former Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi previews England’s possibilities forward of the World Cup following some poor kind of their warm-up matches

Whereas wanting again on his time within the position with fondness, the 63-year-old thinks it fairly doable he would possibly go down in historical past because the final overseas coach to take cost of England.

“I had a improbable run – seven years for an Australian teaching England,” he mirrored. “It will by no means be carried out once more. Perhaps there’ll by no means be a non-Englishman teaching England once more.

Freddie Steward has been one in every of England’s success tales, says Jones

“On the finish of the day there’s nothing to argue about, nothing to be disillusioned about. Transfer on, get on along with your subsequent job and look again at your earlier crew with affection, which I nonetheless do with England.

“I am solely nervous about them if we play them within the quarter-final mode. I just like the gamers and I would prefer to see them do effectively, however clearly not in opposition to us. I would not really feel any affection for England at the moment, I can let you know.”

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