EXCLUSIVE: Eddie Jones is set to be REDUCED by England today after the head coach was called up to a confrontation meeting with RFU chiefs on Monday following a dismal run of just five wins in 12 Tests…with Steve Borthwick taking over for the Aussie
- Jones is expected to be fired after being called into a meeting on Monday
- It followed a review conducted by the RFU after a dismal run of results
- Secret panel held talks with Jones before ending his seven-year reign
Eddie Jones will be sacked as England head coach on Tuesday and replaced by Steve Borthwick, after the RFU decided after its autumn inquiry that the Australian’s position is untenable.
The 62-year-old took part in a meeting with his RFU bosses and the secret review panel on Monday afternoon.
And Sports mail understands that they have decided to remove him from his post after seven years at the helm of the national team.
Sources indicated that the recommendation would be submitted to the union council on Monday evening and to the board on Tuesday for ratification. An announcement about the abrupt end of the Jones regime is expected on Tuesday afternoon, once the full trial has been completed.
Once that happens, Leicester head coach Borthwick will be brought in to replace Jones, months ahead of schedule.
Head coach Eddie Jones would be sacked by England after meeting with RFU chiefs
Leicester Tigers director of rugby Steve Borthwick is one of the contenders to replace him
A deal is thought to have been made to integrate Borthwick into England from June, but he will now be tasked with overseeing a resurgence in the Six Nations ahead of next autumn’s World Cup.
The RFU has chosen to entrust this momentous assignment to homegrown candidate and former national captain, ahead of Kiwi Scott Robertson.
Jones had enjoyed full support in the corridors of power at Twickenham until recently. He survived an uneasy review after England lost three of their five games in the last Six Nations – just like they did a year earlier.
But when the team was booed after being beaten 27-13 by South Africa last month, at the end of an autumn campaign that saw just one win from four matches, his employers’ patience seemed to be running out.
The decision is believed to have been made following a review by Bill Sweeney, CEO of RFU
Borthwick’s rapid raise is expected now that RFU has been denied the chance to recruit a proven Test coach as caretaker.
Warren Gatland would have had the qualifications to stabilize and revitalize England in time for the World Cup.
But the Welsh Rugby Union moved quickly to lure him back to Cardiff on a two-year contract as head coach on Monday following the sacking of Wayne Pivac.
It comes after poor form for England after seven years under Jones’ coaching