England Rugby Coach Eddie Jones has signed a new 2-year contract extension that will see him taking the national team to the 2023 World Cup in France.
The England coach is the highest-paid international coach with a salary of around £750,000. He will, however, be taking a pay cut due to the suspension of sports during the COVID-19 pandemic that has dried up revenue streams for sports codes throughout the UK
His contract was meant to expire in 2021 but was happy to see it being extended, especially after his England lost to South Africa’s Springboks during the 2019 World Cup.
Eddie Jones has been given a second chance to redeem himself as he will be looking to do much better as he takes England to the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023.
After the announcement Eddie Jones went on to say:
“The extension is a great honour for me, but in the current environment it is only right to acknowledge what a difficult time the world is facing.”
“We are all looking forward to a time when we can get back to playing rugby and use the sport as a force for good in bringing people back together.
“I never thought coming here four years ago I would be doing a second four years but the circumstances are right.”
“Obviously it is important for the team that we keep improving and my focus will be solely on that.”
The England Coach is still set on making England a formidable rugby powerhouse as he added:
“I am excited about raising the standards again. We have a great team. We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes.”
“Now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen. It’s a big ambition but I believe we are capable of doing it.”
Bill Sweeney who is the Rugby Football Union (RFU) expressed ow the organisation were impressed with Jones’ improvement to the England team since joining the squad as he went on to say:
“The progress shown by England since 2015 has been indisputable and having fielded the youngest-ever team to play in a World Cup final, we know even more growth is possible. We are all excited by what this squad can do and having Eddie leading the team is very important to us.”