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Eddie Jones escapes sack but faces scrutiny by ‘external rugby experts’

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Eddie Jones has escaped the sack as England’s head coach but is set to be placed under greater scrutiny by a team of hand-picked, expert consultants, with the Rugby Football Union stopping short of backing him through to the 2023 World Cup.

The RFU said on Tuesday that, following a review into England’s disastrous Six Nations campaign – their worst since 1976 – Jones retains the union’s “full support” after the chief executive, Bill Sweeney, had previously refused to rule out activating a break clause in the Australian’s contract.

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