England coach Jones signs new deal to 2023 World Cup
Eddie Jones, whose contract was set to expire in August 2021, had been in talks over a new deal since guiding England to the World Cup final last year.
VIDEO SHOWS: THREE SOUNDBITES FROM ENGLAND HEAD COACH, EDDIE JONES, FILE FOOTAGE OF JONES AND THE ENGLAND RUGBY TEAM EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART QUALITY AS INCOMING SHOWS: UNKNOWN LOCATION, JAPAN (APRIL 2, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH, EDDIE JONES, SAYING: "For me it's obviously a great honour to extend for England - it's a very important job in terms of England Rugby and we hope to make sure we keep the team improving and also when we get back to playing rugby (we) bring rugby back as a force to bring everyone together so it's an important role that I have.
I'm very honoured to continue and I look forward to improving the England rugby team.
Thank you." 2.
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH, EDDIE JONES, SAYING: "Having done the four years, I felt the project hasn't been finished yet.
I feel there's still a lot of growth in the team and the last Six Nations, as I've discussed previously, I wanted to make sure that I could still have an effect on the team and still improve the team and I think I can do that and therefore I think it's a good fit for me to continue because we've got a lot of growth left; we're still a relatively young side and I think I can still add to the growth of the team." 4.
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(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH, EDDIE JONES, SAYING: "It's an aspirational goal because, you know, you only play one game and you're the greatest team, but we want to aspire to be a team that everyone remembers.
I think we've played some good rugby over the last four years and we can play even better rugby in the next three years and that's the challenge ahead." LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JANUARY 17, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 6.
VARIOUS OF JONES SITTING IN DRESSING ROOM POSING FOR PHOTOS LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - JANUARY 22, 2020) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 7.
VARIOUS OF JONES AND ENGLAND CAPTAIN OWEN FARRELL POSING WITH TROPHY 8.
JONES AND FARRELL WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE ROOM TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - NOVEMBER 1, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 9.
JONES ARRIVING AT ENGLAND TRAINING SESSION 10.
PLAYERS ARRIVING AT TRAINING 11.
CAPTAIN OWEN FARRELL KICKING BALL 12.
JONES SPEAKING TO PROP ELLIS GENGE TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - OCTOBER 30, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 13.
FARRELL WALKING 14.
VARIOUS OF FLANKER TOM CURRY TRAINING 15.
VARIOUS OF HEAD COACH EDDIE JONES SPEAKING TO YOUNGS 16.
LOCK MARO ITOJE WARMING UP 17.
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FLANKER SAM UNDERHILL WALKING 19.
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JONES AND PROP JOE MARLER LAUGHING STORY: England coach Eddie Jones has agreed a contract extension which will see him continue in the role until the 2023 Rugby World Cup, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) said on Thursday (April 2).
Jones, whose contract was set to expire in August 2021, had been in talks over a new deal since guiding England to the 2019 World Cup final, where they lost to South Africa.
Since taking charge of England at the end of 2015, Jones has won 42 of his 54 matches, giving him a win ratio of 78%, the highest in the history of England coaches, the RFU said.
Jones would surpass World Cup winner Clive Woodward as England's longest-serving coach if he completes a second World Cup cycle with the team in 2023.
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