London - England rugby chiefs gave their backing to coach Eddie Jones on
Wednesday despite the side's disappointing fifth-place finish in the Six
Ireland were crowned Grand Slam champions with a 24-15
victory at Twickenham on Saturday that condemned the hosts to a third
consecutive defeat and their worst tournament performance since 1987.
and his coaches have my confidence and the measure of how good they are
and can be will be how they respond to these tough times," said Rugby
Football Union chief executive Steve Brown.
Jones was awarded a two-year contract extension in January, subject to performance at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
results in the Six Nations were not what we wanted, not what we
expected and there is no attempt by us to dress this up," Brown said.
is deeply disappointed. We will learn from this and make sure it
doesn't happen again. No one is patting each other on the back -
they're looking for solutions to put us back to where we were before."
to the Six Nations, England had won 22 out of 23 Tests under Australian
coach Jones only for successive defeats by Scotland, France and Ireland
condemned them to their worst Championship display in over 30 years.
worth reflecting that Eddie has an 86 percent win record with England.
You don't become a bad coach or team overnight," Brown said.
we were not quite as good as our results were showing before, but we
are not as bad as fifth in the Six Nations. That's an important point...
We go again and we will bounce back."
England's recent reverses
have re-opened the debate about whether their leading players should be
centrally contracted by their national governing body, as happens in
But there are 12 clubs in England's top-flight
Premiership compared to just four professional Irish provinces and Brown
said: "People talk about central contracts in very binary terms, they
describe one situation or another.
"What we actually have in
reality is a sort of hybrid anyway, so there's an element on central
contracting that happens within that relationship when the players come
into camp and into England space."