Bill Sweeney, the RFU’s president, stated that he would want to choose an English man to succeed Eddie Jones as head coach. Sweeney has lent his support to Jones, who is under fire after a string of poor Six Nations performances. Jones has a contract with the RFU that runs through the end of the Rugby World Cup in 2023.
Sweeney’s desire to pick local coaches to succeed Jones effectively eliminates former Wales coach Warren Gatland and former South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus. Rugby Fans can buy RWC 2023 Tickets from our website.
Sweeney told British reporters on Saturday, “We believe we have such a plethora of English coaches in the game.” “We should be creating English coaches and an English style of play as a great rugby nation.” As far as I’m concerned, that should be long-term, so I’d prefer an English setup.”
Jones, who took over as England’s head coach in 2016 and was the first foreigner to do so, has led the team to three Six Nations titles and a Rugby World Cup runner-up performance in Japan in 2019.
The RFU, according to Sweeney, has an “advanced succession plan” in place. “We have a war room with every English coach you can think of – both locally and globally,” Sweeney added.
The RFU’s director of performance rugby, Conor O’Shea, stated that the successor will be named before the summer of 2023. “That’s a topic for discussion, whether it’s incorporating them into the curriculum or having a helicopter view. We’d like to believe we’ll be appointing them in the years leading up to 2023 “O’Shea went on to say.
Steve Borthwick, Rob Baxter, and Richard Cockerill have also been connected to the England head coach position in the British media. (Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru contributed reporting; Christopher Cushing edited the piece).