After England’s shockingly poor performance in their home World Cup, and Stuart Lancaster’s subsequent departure 10 days ago, the Red Rose have taken the plunge with their first foreign coach, former Australia and Japan supremo Eddie Jones, signing a four-year contract.
You can have a top-price 11/1 with Ladbrokes on England winning the next World Cup, likely to be staged in Jones’ ancestral home Japan.
That may seem a long way off after the men in white’s recent Webb Ellis debacle, with Lancaster’s side shown up in Pool A by a bedraggled Welsh outfit and a strong Australian team, but the appointment of Jones will be seen as a boon nonetheless.
Unlike any previous England coach, the 55-year-old goes into the job having already led a team to the World Cup final – incidentally, his native Wallabies in 2003, who lost in extra time against the country he now links up with.
Jones’ appointment is likely to spell bad news for captain Chris Robshaw, the Harlequins number six found wanting on the other side of the scrum, and at the breakdown, during the autumn festivities.
The Sun believes the end is nigh for Robshaw now Jones has taken the Twickenham reins, which is hardly surprising considering the former hooker’s comments about the skipper in his Daily Mail column during the World Cup:
‘Chris Robshaw wears No 7, but he is a six-and-a-half at best. He’s not hard over the ball and he’s not quick. He’s a useful player but he’s not and out-and-out open-side flanker.
‘Robshaw is an outstanding club player but at international level he just doesn’t have that point of difference. He carries OK, he tackles OK, but he’s not outstandingly good in any area.’
England are 2/1 to win next year’s Six Nations, which starts in less than three months’ time, ahead of current holders Ireland at 5/2.
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