Fans up and down England have country have been coming to terms with the news that Eddie Jones will lead England at 2023 rugby World Cup in France. I for one love the idea.
What’s not to love. Jones steered England to the final of the 2019 tournament in Japan, however the tremendous performance against New Zealand in the semi-final felt for many at the real final of the tournament. Let’s not also forget Jones led England against Australia, winning in the last 8, until finally stopped by the brutal Boks in the final.
Bill Sweeney, RFU chief executive, stated “we delighted that Eddie will continue as head coach. His record since joining speaks for itself and he has proven why he is one of the best coaches in world rugby. The progress shown by England since 2015 has been indisputable and having fielded the youngest team to play in a World Cup final, we know even more growth is possible.” I would personally agree, the future looks bright for England and coming into 2023 we could have a better mix of older heads with young bucks.
Jones took over as head coach in November 2015, shortly after the World Cup where Stuart Lancaster’s England side acquired the infamy of becoming the first host nation to be eliminated after the group stages. I watched in person how England was taken apart in 2015 by the Aussies, a heart breaking evening in Twickenham, but we must remember this….the backbone of that team made it to the final in 2019. Lancaster had uncovered the talent, but sadly not the team structure to suit them.
Now Jones has gone on to state“We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes, now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen. It’s a big ambition but I believe we are capable of doing it.”. Can he do it? Tag in your comments below?