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The Breakdown | England struggled but Eddie Jones’s fire still burns and he should stay on

Head coach’s future is under discussion after a poor Six Nations but the desire clearly remains in the combative Australian

Ambrose Bierce in The Devil’s Dictionary defined opportunity as a favourable time for grasping disappointment. When the panel convened by Twickenham to conduct a postmortem on England’s Six Nations campaign meets this month, there will be only one outcome if its mood is shaped by where England finished and the side’s overall level of performance: sayonara, Eddie Jones.

Reacting in kneejerk fashion rarely yields anything more fruitful than a short-lived bounce, and not always then as Wales found out in the 1980s and 1990s. Listening to the Rugby Football Union’s Bill Sweeney and Conor O’Shea last week suggested there would be a proportionate and measured response to a campaign that saw England slump from first to fifth and that a coach who took the side to the World Cup final in 2019 would be judged on more than the last couple of months.

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