Eddie Jones is clinging for his job as England head coach having suffered a poor autumn series

Eddie Jones is left CLINGING to his job as England head coach with RFU bosses losing patience amid poor run of results and fan backlash against Australian… with just 10 months until start of Rugby World Cup

  • Eddie Jones’ job as England head coach is at risk after an awful autumn series
  • England have won just five of their 12 games in 2022 after losing to South Africa
  • The Springboks thumped England 27-13 at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon
  • It is believed Jones has already travelled to France to prepare for the World Cup 

Eddie Jones was clinging to his job as England head coach last night with sources indicating that the Australian’s position is under serious threat.

Sportsmail understands Jones has proceeded with a planned trip to France this week to assess hotels and training bases for next year’s World Cup despite the backlash to England’s dire autumn series.

Jones is thought to be aware a hardening of the mood against him may now extend to the corridors of power at Twickenham, amid a sense that RFU bosses are losing patience with the run of poor results which has prompted public unrest.

Eddie Jones is clinging for his job as England head coach having suffered a poor autumn series

Eddie Jones is clinging for his job as England head coach having suffered a poor autumn series

Freddie Steward and England were beaten 27-13 by South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday

Freddie Steward and England were beaten 27-13 by South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday

Jones was due to meet RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney for a formal review on December 9, but that is likely to be brought forward.

A function involving Jones, senior RFU figures and members of the media was scheduled to take place on Monday, December 5, but that has now been postponed on the basis that the autumn review would be in progress at that stage.

It is understood that Conor O’Shea, the RFU’s director of performance rugby, is privately seeking feedback from England players. Multiple sources have suggested that the secretive review into Jones and England will not be a cosy formality as it has been in the past.

Sportsmail understands Jones has already travelled to France ahead of next year's World Cup

Sportsmail understands Jones has already travelled to France ahead of next year’s World Cup

New Zealander Scott Robertson is a leading contender to replace him as England head coach

New Zealander Scott Robertson is a leading contender to replace him as England head coach

The RFU, led by CEO Bill Sweeney, are starting to lose patience in the Australian

The RFU, led by CEO Bill Sweeney, are starting to lose patience in the Australian

England won just five of their 12 games in 2022 and were booed off at Twickenham after losing to a second-string South Africa side on Saturday.

The RFU last night refused to confirm reports that doctor Richard Tingay had become the latest member of Jones’s backroom staff to leave. The future of Danny Kerry, who only joined England before the autumn to improve the team’s culture, is also unclear.

New Zealander Scott Robertson and Leicester’s Premiership title winner Steve Borthwick are the leading contenders to replace Jones.

Borthwick has been given a ringing endorsement by Leicester’s South African fly-half Handre Pollard, who said: ‘He’s definitely got the qualities to be an international coach.

‘Steve is with Leicester and we’re thankful for that. I’ve not seen anyone like him before. He really dives into the technical and analytical side.

‘He doesn’t speak too much to be honest but his all-round personality means you know where you stand with him.’

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