Eddie Jones has been sacked as England head coach, the Rugby Football Union has confirmed.
The Australian spent seven years in charge of England after taking charge in 2015, but was told by the RFU on Tuesday morning that he had been relieved of his duties.
In its statement announcing his sacking, the RFU revealed that forwards coach Richard Cockerill will take charge of England on an interim basis.
“It’s important to recognize the huge contribution Eddie has made to English rugby, winning three Six Nations, one Grand Slam and taking us to the World Cup final,” said chief executive Bill Sweeney.
“He has the highest win rate of any England head coach and has helped develop the leadership skills of many players and coaches.
“I am grateful to Eddie for all he has done for England in many areas of the game and for the professional way he approached reviewing the team’s performance.
“He provided the panel with insightful insights and meaningful lessons that will support the team’s performance going forward.”
Jones enjoyed great early success and guided England to Six Nations titles in 2016, 2017 and 2020, while also reaching the 2019 World Cup final, where his side suffered defeat to England. South Africa.
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In 2016, the 62-year-old won England’s first Grand Slam since 2003, and the first defeat of his reign didn’t come until 2017 after 18 straight wins.
However, the decision to sack Jones comes after a disappointing 2022, in which England recorded six defeats, one draw and five wins, ending in a comprehensive loss to South Africa on November 26.
Jones’ contract was due to expire after the 2023 World Cup, but after a review of the dismal Autumn Nations Series, the RFU decided to act.
Nine months before the tournament in France, the RFU has no time to lose in appointing a successor.
New Zealander Warren Gatland had been linked with the job but signed up for a second term as Wales head coach on Monday following Wayne Pivac’s departure from the role.
Steve Borthwick, who led England during a career of 57 England caps, is now the big favorite to succeed Jones.
He was named Leicester boss in 2020 and oversaw a surprising transformation in the Tigers’ fortunes, highlighted by a Premiership title triumph last season.