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Eddie Jones admits his fate is in hands of others after Dublin debacle

Eddie Jones admits his fate is out of his hands after England’s worst ever Six Nations campaign.

Head coach Jones returned from Dublin facing calls for his head and conceding others would decide if he remains the right man to lead the World Cup finalists.

“That’s for other people to answer, not for me to answer,” he said after Ireland’s thumping 32-18 win.

Jones acknowledged that a fifth place finish ahead of only Italy was “unacceptable” but insisted he was “100 per cent” confident he could turn things around.

RFU boss Bill Sweeney will lead the review into a calamitous campaign and it is understood there is a break clause in Jones' contract

England failed utterly to follow up their one decent performance of the championship, against France, reverting to the ill-disciplined rabble beaten by Scotland and Wales.

Former Red Rose fly-half Stuart Barnes believes Jones has “run out of steam” and that this defeat should signal the end.

“It is Jones’ team,” said Barnes. “It is his fault. Time to go.”

The Australian responded: “Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I’m sure people are angry.

“We expect to win and we expect to play better than we did. No one is more disappointed than the team and ourselves with what happened and the fans have got the right to be disappointed.

“I just think you go through these periods of time, I’ve seen it time and time again. History repeats itself where you have a good run, then you have a tough run. We’re going through it at the moment.”

Jones added: “In international rugby, particularly at Six Nations level, you get to a certain stage and the success makes you a bit weak. You need to fight through that because it’s hard to be at the top of the tree all the time.”

England have won a Grand Slam and three Six Nations titles since the Australian was appointed in 2016, as well reaching a World Cup final.

Maro Itoje last night described him as a "truly special" coach, adding: "His work rate, his knowledge, his feeling with the players, the way he goes about his business are genuinely second to none."

Perhaps, but Jones now has the country’s two worst Six Nations finishes on his record and there is a growing clamour for new personnel and fresh ideas.

Wales and France have united to condemn vile social media abuse of Welsh stars following their last-gasp Grand Slam loss in Paris.


Lions star Liam Williams was amongst the players trolled, prompting the Welsh Rugby Union to tweet: “The abuse players are receiving has to stop.”

They included sample posts directed at Williams, accusing him of costing Wales victory and calling him highly abusive names in the wake of his late yellow card.

France reacted swiftly to offer their support, tweeting: “This is not the true spirit of sport and this has to stop. Congratulation again on the great performance of your team yesterday.”

Sam Warburton, former Wales captain and long-time team mate of Williams, also joined the outcry over the sickening posts.

“Players are fans as much as anyone else,” he said. “They sacrifice time with family, risk of significant injury, enormous pressure and all to make our country and fans proud and happy.

“PS – Liam Williams is a modern day great and iconic Wales player – end of debate”

The episode comes less than a month after England prop Ellis Genge was sent death threats following his side’s defeat in Wales.

England Rugby responded with a statement pointing out that “respect is a core value of rugby” and adding: “Unfortunately, some of the reaction on social media to players and the team has not shown the level of respect the rugby community prides itself on.”

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