England in the Six Nations: Bill Sweeney – RFU incredibly disappointed by showing under Eddie Jones | Rugby Union News


“We are all, as an organization, incredibly disappointed. You expect more. There is a lot of frustration and disappointment, we understand why the fans are expecting more. We think we are on the right track. . C is a tight-knit team” – Bill Sweeney, RFU CEO

Last update: 03/24/22 2:06 p.m.

RFU CEO Bill Sweeney admits the organization is ‘incredibly disappointed’ with the presentation of the Six Nations in England

Bill Sweeney, CEO of the RFU, admitted the RFU were “incredibly disappointed” with the last Six Nations broadcast in England under Eddie Jones, saying he understood the fans were expecting more.

England have lost three of their five matches for a second successive league campaign, losing in 2022 to Scotland and France and at home to Ireland.

Such results left them third in the Six Nations table by points difference, but around 11 points behind second-placed Ireland. In 2021, defeats at home to Scotland and away to Wales and Ireland saw them finish fifth in the table.

England also finished fifth under Jones in the 2018 Championship.

“We are all, as an organization, incredibly disappointed with what happened this year in the Six Nations. You expect more.” Sweeney told media Thursday.

In seven Six Nations Championships under Eddie Jones, England have finished fifth twice and lost three games in three different years

In seven Six Nations Championships under Eddie Jones, England have finished fifth twice and lost three games in three different years

“Coming away with fifth place last year and two wins, then going into this year’s Six Nations feeling fit and expecting more, having just two more wins in 2022 and coming in third has been incredibly disappointing for us.

“We demand more in terms of results and performance. The emotions have been very strong, it’s still quite raw.

“There is a lot of frustration and disappointment, there is also a shared frustration with the fans.

“We saw a fantastic response from the fans in the game against Ireland, one of the best examples of connecting with the team. We understand why they are expecting more and not feeling well at the moment.

“We think there have been some real positive developments. We think we’re on the right track. If you look at where we were 12 months ago: we’re in a better place.

“We are looking at this in the context of the longer term plan: the plan for the Six Nations next year and also the exit for the World Cup. [in France] in 2023. And we have set ourselves specific goals and targets that we believe we need to achieve as a team and as a team.

England suffered three Six Nations defeats in a Championship for the second consecutive year

England suffered three Six Nations defeats in a Championship for the second consecutive year

“It’s a very close-knit team. There is a strong spirit. The players believe in the head coach [Eddie Jones] and believe that it is leading them in the right direction.

“And he [Jones] certainly think he has a very good group of players to take us through to the next Six Nations and then through to 2023.

“We are very excited about the developments despite the fact that we are coming out of a very difficult period. We know that we will improve.”




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