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RFU’s shortlist to replace England boss Eddie Jones

by Saba Gulmagarashvili

Eddie Jones has stated that the 2023 Rugby World Cup will be his final as England’s coach, with the RFU already working to find his replacement.

Jones’ contract expires after the tournament in France, and the Australian has begun what he has referred to as his “final chapter” in the Twickenham hot seat.

Premiership bosses such as Mark McCall (Saracens) and Rob Baxter (Exeter Chiefs) are said to have been left off the Rugby Football Union’s original three-man shortlist.

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Andy Farrell

The irony with Farrell is that he is undoubtedly the most obvious choice and suits the post as well as anyone, but due to his long-term contract with Ireland, he may be the most difficult for the RFU to land. He’d have a point to make after being sacked alongside Mike Catt and Stuart Lancaster following England’s catastrophic 2015 World Cup campaign.

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Warren Gatland (with Shaun Edwards)

If they go with Gatland, they’ll be getting a man with a wealth of international experience who helped transform Welsh rugby during his 12 years in command, which ended in 2019. With a slew of international awards under his belt and an already in-depth understanding of English talent because of his continuous participation with the Lions, he is undoubtedly the least risky option on the list.

According to reports, when Gatland’s contract with Wales and the Lions expires in 2023, France defence coach Shaun Edwards, who worked alongside Gatland with Wales and the Lions, will be part of his coaching setup.

Rassie Erasmus

The most prestigious and high-profile position in world rugby. It’s not a far-fetched idea, either; last year, rumours in the South African press stated Erasmus had held negotiations with the Rugby Football Union about succeeding Jones, which were later rejected.

‘I don’t think the English people would ever want me there now,’ he stated in an interview with the Daily Mail. Maybe I’m mistaken. I’m hoping I’m mistaken. Would I be willing to coach in another country? Why not if my own people were cool with it and the people of the other country were cool with it?

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