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Eddie Jones ignores 2023 post-Rugby World Cup retirement talk | Rugby Union News

“No. Absolutely not. It [2023 World Cup] will not be [a swansong]. I can’t guarantee that, but I don’t think it will be. I think there is still something to do. There’s still a bit in the tank” – England head coach Eddie Jones on retirement talk

Last updated: 13/10/22 11:11 PM

England coach Eddie Jones has said he doesn't believe the 2023 World Cup will be his last

England coach Eddie Jones has said he doesn’t believe the 2023 World Cup will be his last

Eddie Jones is determined to continue his longstanding association with the World Cup next fall after the end of his tenure in England.

Jones will step down after eight years in charge once France completes 2023 and could return to his home country of Australia after being linked with a director of a rugby role with the Wallabies.

Whatever his destination, the 62-year-old doesn’t see his fifth World Cup being his last, despite previously stating that he would retire to Barbados to watch cricket when his time with England was over.

“No. Absolutely not. It won’t be. I can’t guarantee you that, but I don’t think it will be,” said Jones, who led England and Australia to the World Cup finals and also won the competition as a assistant coach at South Africa.

“I think there is still some work to do. There is still some in the tank. I called the boss of the Barbados IPL and he is not interested…”

England will begin their countdown to the World Cup this fall as they take on Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa in Twickenham.

Once the Six Nations is complete, they will play four warm-up games and the challenge for Jones is to propel the team forward without revealing the details of their master plan for the tournament.

“All you want to do from here to the World Cup – and every coach will say the same – is improve,” he said.

Jones will lead England to the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023 and then leave the court after having been head coach since 2016

Jones will lead England to the Rugby World Cup in France in 2023 and then leave the court after having been head coach since 2016

“You don’t want to be static and you don’t want to show everything. If you show everything, teams come up with plans to stop you from doing that.

“We want to win every test in November, but we don’t want to show tactical developments that we might want to use at the World Cup.

“You don’t want to show it in the warm-up games. You want to be able to do it consistently on the training paddock and then do it at the World Cup.”



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