The Rugby Football Union has reportedly opened negotiations with its pick to replace Eddie Jones after the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
According to Mail Online, England will move to make the popular Kiwi Scott Robertson their new head coach.
They have reported that he is one of the RFU’s ‘preferred candidates’ from a short list made up of Nigel Redman.
Tigers boss Steve Borthwick had previously been the favourite, but it was confirmed that the RFU backed off their intention to appoint an Englishman as head coach.
Former Wales boss Warren Gatland has also been among the bookmakers’ favourites.
Scott Robertson Facts:
- Robertson showed great ambition when he outlined the goal of winning the World Cup with two different countries.
- His playing position was winger and he played for Bay of Plenty, Perpignan, Canterbury, Crusaders and All Blacks.
- Robertson is known for his post-victory break dance routine.
England miss Shaun Edwards:
France defense coach Edwards has revealed that he spoke with England ahead of signing his latest contract extension with France.
“People asked me if I wanted to join England, but there was no offer on the table,” Edwards wrote in his column for Mail Online.
“I went for a walk along the River Thames with Bill Sweeney, the RFU chief executive, last year, but there hasn’t been much conversation since. It’s not for me to push that.
“We are in a cost of living crisis, with clubs like Wasps and Worcester sadly going out of business.
“I remember how close I came to losing my job after the 2015 World Cup and I don’t need any more of those sleepless nights.”
Eddie Jones to continue:
Senior figures within USA Rugby want Eddie Jones to coach their national team for their confirmed home Rugby World Cup in 2031, according to RUCK sources.
They are ready to give the Australian a big contract and unlimited backing after the Eagles failed to qualify for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Jones has previously been given much credit for developing the Japanese national team ahead of their home World Cup in 2019.
The Australian, who would be 71 in 2031, is believed to have led the Brave Blossoms to a historic win against the Springboks in 2015 as The Eagles’ main target.
The US bosses are under no illusions that the nations, currently ranked 19th in the men’s world behind Uruguay and Spain, have a lot of work to do to be competitive at their home World Cup.
Five changes England must make for the Springboks:
#1. jack van poortvliet
Telegraph 3/10: “His worst game in an England shirt. His loose pass from him was intercepted by Dalton Papali’i while Ardie Savea exposed him at the base of the ruck. “
Planet Rugby 3/10: “Terrible day for the young scrum half. Bad interception mistake and then I got caught a couple of times.”
Online Mail 3/10: “Nightmare third start for a youngster and an interception pass after four minutes put England on the defensive.”
Rugby Pass 6/10: “A kicking error soon followed, as did the gruesomely intercepted pass for Dalton Papali’i’s opening try, and it didn’t get any better, a soft jab from a ruck and a blocked kick by Scott Barrett further erasing his report card. He was gone in 53 minutes.”
R.replacement: ben young