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Who will be the next head in the RFU?

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Bill Sweeney, the head of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), stated that he would prefer to appoint an English successor to head coach Eddie Jones.
Sweeney has backed Jones, who is under pressure following two disappointing Six Nations campaigns. Australian Jones is under contract with the RFU until the end of the Rugby World Cup in 2023. Bill Sweeney and Conor O’Shea, the performance director, were quick to point out last week that there is a solid succession plan in place. The project is reportedly called Project Everest, there is a “war room” with “contracts and all sorts of things” relating to potential candidates, and the RFU wants to appoint an Englishman. The ideal situation would be to appoint an entire English coaching staff, and the appointment would be made next summer. They could work under Jones in the run-up to the 2023 World Cup, and he appears to be excited about the prospect. It is also a criterion that, on the surface, makes Andy Farrell a far more difficult appointment to make given his current commitments.
The role of England head coach has also been linked to Steve Borthwick, Rob Baxter, and Richard Cockerill in the British media. Borthwick is the coach who currently checks all of the boxes, and while the union has cooled on the idea that Jones’ replacement must have international experience, Borthwick does thanks to his time in Japan. Since joining Jones’ coaching staff, Richard Cockerill, who is also on the list, has been somewhat calm, which is is quite surprising considering his candid nature. Rob Baxter has never seemed particularly interested, and arguably the two best candidates – a reinvigorated Lancaster and Farrell – are both working in Ireland. It is unclear whether Lancaster would like another shot, but Farrell is unlikely to be appointed before Ireland’s World Cup campaign in France. It is also worth noting that Graham Rowntree and Mike Catt are both employed in Ireland, ensuring that the four coaches who were given long-term contract extensions in the run-up to the 2015 World Cup are now all contributing to the re-emergence of one of England’s main rivals.
Conor O’Shea stated that the successor will be named before the summer of 2023.

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