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Eddie Jones signs shock new England deal to stay on as boss until after 2023 World Cup in France

EDDIE JONES is staying on as England boss until the 2023 World Cup in France.

The Australian coach finally signed a contract extension with his deal up next summer.

After taking England to the World Cup final, RFU chief exec Bill Sweeney said he would sit down with Jones at the end of last year for talks.

However, Jones and Sweeney delayed talks with both agreeing to come back to it later this year.

And after Jones took England back to the top of the Six Nations table last month, Sweeney decided to act.

But it has never been a smooth ride with Jones in charge - with his rap sheet currently longer than his accolades at Twickenham.

In 2018 he was caught calling Ireland scummy and Wales a "s*** little place".

And most recently he attacked referee Ben O'Keeffe, accusing him of being a cheat after the win against Wales at Twickenham.

'GREAT HONOUR'

Speaking of his new deal, Jones said: “The extension is a great honour for me, but in the current environment, it is only right to acknowledge what a difficult time the world is facing.

"We are all looking forward to a time when we can get back to playing rugby and use the sport as a force for good in bringing people back together.

"I never thought coming here four years ago I would be doing a second four years but the circumstances are right.

"Obviously it is important for the team that we keep improving and my focus will be solely on that.

“I am excited about raising the standards again. We have a great team. We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes.

"Now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen. It’s a big ambition but I believe we are capable of doing it.

"We have players with an enhanced reputation, we have a team that is expected to do well, so it’s a great opportunity for us to keep moving forward.”

Eddie Jones' honours as England boss

Six Nations: 2016, 2017

Grand Slam: 2016

World Cup: 2019 runners-up

Six Nations: 2019 runners-up

Coach of the Year: 2017

Jones' boss Sweeney added: “My thoughts and those of all of us at the RFU are with everyone impacted by Covid-19, both across the country at large but also within our own rugby union community.

"In exceptionally difficult times, we are pleased to be sharing some good news.

"We are delighted that Eddie will continue as head coach to run England’s campaign to take us to the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

"His record since joining speaks for itself and he has proven why he is one of the best coaches in world rugby.

"The progress shown by England since 2015 has been indisputable and having fielded the youngest-ever team to play in a World Cup final, we know even more growth is possible.

"We are all excited by what this squad can do and having Eddie leading the team is very important to us.

“We reached an understanding soon after returning from Japan but there were some things that we wanted to make sure worked for both sides.

"We have announced Eddie’s contract extension a few weeks later than planned as our focus was diverted to support the English rugby community during this difficult time, we are now turning our attention to developing plans to support the rebooting of rugby and a winning England team will provide a vital role in that.”

Eddie Jones faces ban for referee 'cheat' rant after England's Six Nations win over Wales

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