Eddie Jones admits mistakes during England coaching tenure, reveals timeline

Former England coach Eddie Jones has expressed regret over fielding teams dominated by Saracens players while they were consigned to the second division Championship.

A star-studded Saracens squad formed the backbone of the England side that Jones guided to the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

But the London club was relegated from the Premiership for the 2020-21 because of a salary cap scandal that Jones now says led directly to his downfall as coach.

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The Australian was sacked by the RFU earlier this month after a dismal 2022 campaign.

“We always make mistakes. If today I could go back in time, maybe I would change some of my selection criteria,” Jones told French publication Midi Olympique.

“2021 was a very bad year for us. Saracens had just been demoted to the second division. As you probably know, the England XV was then mainly formed by players from the Sarries.

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“The problem is that their level had dropped considerably in the second division and that the performances of our national team immediately suffered from it.

“So I should have changed my tune that year.

“And I regret it, this is the mistake I made.”

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Jones remains in demand and has been linked with a return to Australia – both in rugby and NRL – as well as jobs in the United States and Japan.

“Right now, everything is an option,” Jones said.

“Next month, I will decide.”

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