EDDIE JONES will be unveiled as England’s first overseas head coach within the next week – a game-changing appointment which is set to lead to Chris Robshaw being axed as captain.
The workaholic Australian is understood to have been offered the post and accepted it, subject to a final settlement between the RFU and his current employers, the Stormers in South Africa.
When concluded, the compensation deal will see the 55-year-old installed in time to lead England into the Six Nations as successor to Stuart Lancaster.
Jones’s arrival is likely to spell the end for Robshaw as captain after leading England in 42 of their last 46 Tests. After England’s early elimination from the World Cup, Jones publicly questioned whether he was even worth his place in the side.
“I just don’t think he’s an open-side flanker. He’s more a 6 and a half,” Jones told Radio 4. “He’s an excellent player but the first thing you have to do for the captain is to make sure he’s going to be in the team.
“Can he find his place as blind-side flanker? I haven’t been looking at England’s players in depth so I’m really not privy to information on that.”
Jones will also be given a blank sheet of paper as far as his coaching team goes which should be a source of concern to Lancaster’s assistants Graham Rowntree, Mike Catt and Andy Farrell.
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