England head coach Eddie Jones has insisted that he will still be at the forefront of the 2023 World Cup in France, despite being linked to a number of jobs. According to rumors in the international press, several clubs in the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) wanted their services, but Jones has dismissed any link.
Jones agreed to a 25 percent pay cut with the Rugby Football Union (RFU), which is about to make 139 layoffs to make up for losses of £ 107 million due to the coronavirus.
The 60-year-old Australian revealed that he spent his confinement choosing the brains of other coaches, such as England’s soccer chief Gareth Southgate, in his continuing attempt to lift the next World Cup.
Still wanting to go further after losing the 2019 final, Jones admitted he was enjoying the opportunity to talk leadership with cricket coaches Ed Smith and Justin Langer of Australia, Dave Brailsford of cycling and Danny Kerry of hockey.
When asked if he was committed to England until after the 2023 World Cup, Jones replied: “One hundred percent partner, 100 percent. I only have one goal in mind, to improve this team every day.
“I have no point of view on speculation, someone is being mischievous, which is the point of the media. Bill Sweeney and I had a conversation on Monday, not specifically about financing; about what we have to do to win the World Cup.
“I have an outline of what I think we should do. Obviously there is some investment to be made, but we will wait to see how things happen. It is a difficult time and we will have to settle for what we can finance. ”