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Eddie Jones sacked as England rugby coach

England coach Eddie Jones has been fired less than a year out from the Rugby World Cup.

Jones, who took charge after the 2015 World Cup, led England to the final of the tournament in 2019 — when it lost to South Africa — and won three Six Nations titles in his seven years at the helm.

But a poor 2022 record of six losses, one draw and five wins in 12 Test matches helped bring an end to the Australian’s tenure.

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“It is important to recognise the huge contribution Eddie has made to English rugby, winning three Six Nations championships, one grand slam and taking us to a Rugby World Cup final,” said RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney.

“He has the highest win ratio of any previous England head coach and has helped develop the leadership skills of many players and coaches.

“I am grateful to Eddie for all he has done for England across many areas of the game and the professional way in which he has approached reviewing the performance of the team.

“He has provided the panel with astute insight and meaningful lessons that will support the team performance going forward.”

Jones said he was “pleased” with what the team achieved on his watch.

“Many of the players and I will no doubt keep in touch and I wish them all well in their future careers,” he added.

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