Six Nations: Eddie Jones won’t be fired over England future after third-place finish | Rugby Union News

England’s campaign ended with a 25–13 loss to champions France, which also saw the hosts win the Grand Slam; The result confirmed a third-place finish for Jones’ side, but the Australian declined to answer questions about his future.

Last update: 20/03/22 00:01

Eddie Jones reportedly unattractive to his future after England defeat to France

Eddie Jones refused to answer questions about his future after England fell to third place in the Guinness Six Nations but accepted his performance as head coach has not been good enough.

France were crowned Grand Slam champions to win their first title since 2010 after emerging 25-13 winners in Paris, although a jittery performance caused by the nerves of the occasion kept them from clearing anytime soon.

It is the third time in five years that England have finished the tournament with three defeats, a poor comeback that raises questions about Jones’ fitness to continue as head coach just 18 months from the FIFA Cup. world. But he insisted it was up to the RFU to decide whether he should continue.

“It’s not a question I have to answer, I’m just doing my job,” Jones said. “That’s a question other people have to answer. I don’t even think about it.

“I’m disappointed – disappointed for the fans, for the players. I obviously didn’t do a good enough job, I accept that, but we’re going in the right direction. The results aren’t good enough. When you rebuild a team takes time.

England’s fighting qualities which were evident throughout the Six Nations prevented France from clearly stepping up and early in the second half they dominated, scoring a try through Freddie Steward.

But Antoine Dupont responded with a classy attempt to regain control and although the visitors stayed in the fight showing admirable resilience, they lacked the firepower to start a solid defense for the second time. .

England players look discouraged in the first half against France

England players look discouraged in the first half against France

“France are the deserved champions of the Six Nations, they are the best team, but we had enough chances to win this game, we just didn’t put them aside. We weren’t clinical enough to do that,” Jones said.

“It was a bit of history for us in the Six Nations, we put ourselves in a position to win the three games we lost but we weren’t clinical enough, not good enough to win those games.

“So it’s disappointing, but the spirit we’ve shown is going to keep this team going in the right direction. It’s a great benchmark game for us.

“We have a lot of good young players and some of the older ones are starting to play really good rugby again, so we’re going to have a good mix until the World Cup.”

French players celebrate Antoine Dupont's third try

French players celebrate Antoine Dupont’s third try

France won their 10th Grand Slam and were worthy winners after conclusively proving they were the best team in the tournament.

“This is our third tournament together as a team,” said Dupont. “We’ve been really close twice so we know how hard it is to win.

“It’s a very happy result and it’s nice to be able to celebrate the victory. We wanted to write our place in history.

“Of course we have next year’s World Cup in mind, we are discussing it among ourselves, but for now we will enjoy the Grand Slam – and we will start thinking about the World Cup later.”

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