Eddie Jones Extends Stay in 'Dream Job' as England Coach to 2021

Eddie Jones has described his role as England head coach as a "dream job" after having his contract extended by two years to August 2021.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced the news on Wednesday (January 17), with Jones originally due to step down following the World Cup in Japan in 2019.

But after winning 22 of the 23 Tests he has overseen, the RFU offered Australia-born Jones the chance to extend his stay and he accepted the opportunity immediately.

"Coaching England is a dream job for me, and I was delighted to be asked to stay on after the World Cup," he said, as quoted by the BBC. "I have been completely focused on developing a team capable of being the number one rugby team in the world and winning the World Cup in 2019.

"I never take my role as England head coach for granted and did not presume I would be asked to stay on, but, once the conversations started very recently, it was not a difficult decision to make."

He added: "These are exciting times for English rugby, with a focused and committed squad who are full of potential and determined to win."

Jones took over the reins at England in November 2015 and the 57-year-old led them to consecutive Six Nations triumphs as well as series wins in Australia and Argentina.

The RFU plans to appoint a successor to Jones in 2020 who will then work with Jones over the next year before leading England to the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, according to the BBC.

Assistant coaches Paul Gustard and Steve Borthwick, as well as Exeter's Rob Baxter, are believed to be contenders for the role in two years. But, for now, RFU chief executive Steve Brown says England are determined to become the best team in the world under Jones.

"Eddie's results as England head coach speak for themselves," Brown said. "Under Eddie's leadership, we have risen from eight to second in the world—and Eddie won't be satisfied until we are number one. He has a 95 percent win rate at the helm, and has been a galvanising force for the RFU, bringing focus, clarity and extraordinary commitment to the role."

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Eddie Jones at Brighton College, Brighton, England, January 2. Jones has extended his stay as coach of England to 2021. David Rogers/Getty