Eddie Jones in talks over staying on as boss until 2023 with England in driving seat for Six Nations title after favour from Scotland in beating France
- England chief Bill Sweeney is keen to extend Eddie Jones’ contract until 2023
- Scotland’s stunning win over France opened door for England to win Six Nations
- Would be England’s first title since 2017 but they must play cancelled Italy clash
England were on course for their first Six Nations title since 2017 after Scotland stunned title favourites France at Murrayfield.
Gregor Townsend’s underdogs won 28-17 in Edinburgh after French prop Mohamed Haouas was sent off for punching Jamie Ritchie in the face.
The visitors’ 14 men were unable to claim even a losing bonus point, which means England are top of the table on points difference.
Eddie Jones’ England are on course to win Six Nations with the coach considering a new deal
Scotland earned a 28-17 victory over France to deny their rivals the Six Nations Grand Slam
Their final match of the campaign, against Italy in Rome, was supposed to take place next Saturday but it has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
England captain Owen Farrell lifted the Triple Crown at Twickenham after his side’s 33-30 win over Wales and now he and his team-mates must wait for confirmation that they will face the Italians in a re-scheduled encounter, which is likely to take place in October.
France’s clash with Ireland in Paris on Saturday appears likely to be postponed after the French government banned all gatherings of more than 1,000 people. However, a previous ban applied only to indoor events and there are exceptions to this new edict.
Owen Farrell captained England to victory over Wales and in the process sealed Triple Crown
Given Italy’s dire record of 25 consecutive Six Nations defeats, England will be expected to claim a bonus-point victory which could propel them to the title. The Irish are also in contention and they too must find room for a postponed game against Italy.
Meanwhile, Eddie Jones expects to discuss his future as England head coach when he meets RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney for a Six Nations debrief later this month.
The Australian is contracted until August 2021 but there is uncertainty about whether he will stay on to the next World Cup in 2023.
RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney admitted he wanted to extend Jones’ stay until 2023
At the end of the global tournament in Japan last November, Sweeney indicated that he wanted to extend Jones’ deal as a matter of urgency, but subsequently changed his tune and said the Union would take stock.
Speaking after Saturday’s victory over Wales at Twickenham, Jones was asked if he believed that he would still be in charge for the second half of this World Cup cycle and said: ‘I don’t know.’
He was then asked if he would raise it with Sweeney soon and added: ‘I think we’ve got dinner organised in a couple of weeks, so we may be able to chat about it then. I’ll take the Triple Crown to show him!’
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