Eddie Jones extends England deal to 2021 with further extension possible

• Head coach to remain, regardless of World Cup showing
• Australian said: ‘I’m not looking to go anywhere else’

Eddie Jones is poised to continue as England’s head coach until at least 2021 even if his side fail to achieve their target at the World Cup in Japan this year. The Rugby Football Union’s new chief executive, Bill Sweeney, has also revealed Jones could still be in charge for the 2023 World Cup in France.

It represents another shift in RFU policy after Jones’s contract was extended through to 2021 by Sweeney’s predecessor, Steve Brown, in January but with a break clause should England fail to reach the semi-finals in Japan. Sweeney, who took office in May, confirmed that there would be a review if England flop in Japan but he firmly expects Jones to stay, so much so that he has handed the defence coach John Mitchell a new contract until 2021 at the Australian’s request.

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