Eddie Jones has hit again at “sad” critic Sir Clive Woodward and insisted he’ll go away England “in good shape” when he finally departs.
Jones is below stress after he watched his facet conclude a dismal Autumn Nations sequence with a 27-13 loss to South Africa, who had been with out their European-based gamers however nonetheless inflicted a sixth defeat of 2022 on their hosts at Twickenham.
It accomplished the nation’s worst yr since 2008 and the Rugby Football Union is now conducting a evaluation, which is able to inevitably resolve if Jones continues till subsequent yr’s World Cup.
RFU chief Bill Sweeney admitted “results are not where we expect them to be” and Woodward, the person in cost for England’s solitary World Cup win 19 years in the past, was but once more fierce in his criticism of Jones on Sunday.
He labelled rugby in England as a “shambles,” insisting the weekend defeat was “one of the most depressing games I’ve seen at HQ.”
Woodward went additional on Monday, stating Jones must be sacked as England head coach if they lose their subsequent Test vs Scotland, after the “worst week in English rugby history.”
“I feel sad for him [Woodward]. If that is the best thing he has to do in his life, then he hasn’t a lot to do,” Jones, who had already agreed to step down after the 2023 World Cup in France, instructed Men’s Health UK.
Former England captain Chris Robshaw has backed Jones to stay in cost
“I’m 62 now and I think in pure coaching terms I am coaching better than I ever have. Results aren’t always perfect, but I’m happy with how I have been coaching.
“After this, I would like to do one thing actually significant. I’ve loved England a lot, it was a little bit of a rescue job firstly, now rebuilding, and I’m assured I’ll go away issues in good condition.”
Jones told media post-defeat to South Africa he feels his squad is making progress as they head into a World Cup year
England were booed off at Twickenham after defeat to the Springboks, which meant their record for 2022 finished at five wins, one draw and six losses.
Scotland, Ireland, France, Australia, Argentina and South Africa have all beaten the World Cup runners-up during the past 12 months but Jones believes they can still be a force at next year’s tournament.
Currently the fifth favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, England will avoid the frontrunners until the semi-final stage with one of Australia, Wales or Fiji a probable last-eight opponent in France.
Jones added: “If this was the Cheltenham Gold Cup, there’s a pack of 4 out entrance – France, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand – and we’re fifth, proper behind them, proper on the rails.
“A good position, provided we keep improving. Australia are there or thereabouts with us. It’s going to be the closest World Cup ever. France and Ireland are the in-form teams right now, but things will change.”