Rugby: Eddie Jones sacked as England coach nine months out from 2023 World Cup

Eddie Jones has been sacked as head coach of the England men's team, after a review of his side's poor Autumn international campaign.

After an underwhelming Six Nations campaign earlier this year, where his side finished third, Jones' England defeated only Japan in their November internationals, and were beaten by South Africa and Argentina, as well as drawing against the All Blacks.

Despite terminating Jones' contract less than a year out from the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) has not immediately appointed a successor.

"The RFU will now conclude the long-term work it has been undertaking on coach succession planning, with changes set to be announced in the near future. In the interim, [forwards coach] Richard Cockerill will take over the day-to-day running of the men's team."

Jones had been at the helm of England for seven years, taking the job, after an eye-catching 2015 Rugby World Cup with Japan.

"I am pleased with much that we have achieved as an England team and I look forward to watching their performance in the future," Jones said. "Many of the players and I will no doubt keep in touch, and I wish them all well in their future careers."

Eddie Jones.
Eddie Jones. Photo credit: Getty Images

As England's first foreign coach, Jones won the European Grand Slam in his first Six Nations and went on a men's record-equalling run of 18 consecutive tests without defeat.

The Australian coach added further Six Nations titles in 2017 and 2020 to go with his maiden 2016 crown.

In 2019, Jones' England ended the All Blacks' quest for a third straight Rugby World Cup title, defeating Sir Steve Hansen's side in the semi-final, before losing to eventual winners South Africa.