Town - The RFU has given head coach Eddie
Jones an ultimatum that England must
deliver a successful autumn campaign after a poor 2018 thus far.
The Red Roses endured a
disappointing Six Nations campaign in which they finished fifth before losing a
three-Test series 2-1 in South Africa in June.
England's rugby bosses showed
their loyalty to Jones in the face of fierce criticism, but have warned that he
is on thin ice.
"We plan to win every game
we play. We expect success in the autumn," RFU chief executive Steve Brown
"I don't want to predict
failure, I'd rather predict success, but that's not in blind faith. They're all
big matches. We're planning to come out of the other side successful."
Brown made it clear although this
year's decline was unacceptable, one must look at it as a very short period in
an otherwise highly successful tenure.
"I've reflected over the
time Eddie has been at his post and his win rate (80 per cent). The win rate is
still very high - it's significant and it's hard to argue against it,"
"It's important that we
don't just make a judgement on what's happened in the very short term.
Nevertheless, it was a pretty poor run of results.
"We showed great character
for the result in Cape Town but the series result was disappointing, there's no
question about it. So was the Six Nations. Coming fifth in the Six Nations was
a pretty difficult situation.
"The last result in South
Africa was important, but not critical to any decisions we make about the
"The confidence comes from
the history to date and talking to Eddie about the plans for the autumn and the
World Cup and how to get back to that win rate.
"I've discussed this with
Eddie and I'm confident those disappointing results are behind us and can be