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RFU Chief Admits Managerial Plans Beyond 2019 World Cup Are Far From Settled

The RFU hierarchy could be open to the possibility of Eddie Jones extending his time in the hot seat beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup, according to ESPN UK.

The RFU have not had any discussions with the 56-year-old regarding his future once his current four-year contract comes to an end in 2019 but the suits in HQ are already planning post 2019 and would be happy to appoint an Englishman, if he is suitably qualified.

Jones has had a huge impact on the Red Rose since taking up the reins, notching up nine straight wins on the way to a Grand Slam and a first ever series win down under.

The Ex-Wallaby and Japan coach has not indicated any desire to continue in the job after the end of his contract just yet. He also stated following his appointment last autumn, that preparing possible English successors would be an integral part of his work as head coach. With this in mind, he appointed the likes of Steve Borthwick and Paul Gustard as his assistants.

However, if no suitable English candidate is available, RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie is open to the the possibility of extending Jones’ contract as well hiring from overseas.

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“Eddie’s contract ending in 2019 is certainly the discussion that we had, but it’s up to him. Who can tell what happens over the next three years or so?.

“I’m working on the assumption of 2019 because that’s what we did the deal on in the first place. As it moves and develops, no doubt we’ll sit down and discuss it together. I do think it’s early doors.

“I think when we get nearer to it, and it depends on how he sees it, if he’s changed his mind, and whether we want to ask.

“When Eddie came in there was a discussion about his assistants being English and we’ve got to get a situation of better integrated coach development.

“We’ll be happy if there is an English coach who stands up to that. If we haven’t, we’ll need to go back to someone with proven international experience.”

England won the 2016 Six Nations tournament under Jones’ guidance and went on to record a 3-0 series whitewash in Australia over the summer. However, much bigger tests lie ahead including the defence of their Six Nations crown, a Test against the All Blacks in 2018 and the next World Cup in 2019 before any final decision can be made.

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