When asked if he was the right man to take England forward, Jones said: “That’s not the question at the moment. The question at the moment is that we need to play better. It’s for other people to answer, not for me to answer.
“No one is more disappointed than the team and ourselves with what happened today and the fans have a right to be disappointed. Well you know it’s not [acceptable]. You know not. We are disappointed, very disappointed. ”
RFU sources indicated that a knee-jerk reaction would be avoided. Jones has accumulated considerable credit in the bank for his past results and he still has the highest winning percentage of any English coach. They are also mindful of how Jones previously affected a turnaround after a six-game losing streak and a fifth-place Six Nations in 2018.
“Our management and management team will be reviewing our performance in the Six Nations and we know the England team will continue to grow and learn from it,” said a spokesperson for RFU.
Several England senior players offered their wholehearted support to Jones on Saturday to keep him in the role, including second-place Maro Itoje. “Eddie is one of the best coaches I’ve worked with,” Itoje said. “As players, we have to be responsible for our behavior. At the end of the day, Eddie can’t play the game for us. He’s a really special trainer. “
This advice was echoed by Mako Vunipola, who was substituted at half-time at the Aviva stadium. “100 percent (we trust Jones),” Vunipola said. “There’s not much a coach can do, so it’s the players who have to take ownership and we haven’t done it well enough. “
Jones has been criticized for his loyalty to his senior squad, especially the Saracens contingent who entered the league with almost no playing time. On Saturday he indicated he would not be afraid to wave the ax and that some of the big English names could struggle to find their place for the fall internationals.
“Sometimes you feel like the players can’t grow taller,” Jones said. “That’s what I’m trying to assess now, which players can continue to grow, which players can be hungry to be the best player in the world at the World Cup and to win the World Cup. And which players maybe don’t want to keep working hard.
Jones did not explain why England have consistently underperformed in areas such as discipline – spitting more than ten penalties per game – slow starts – they have now conceded the first try in their last seven matches – or the free-kick defense, where they conceded seven of their 11 tries. However, just like in 2018, he believes England were doomed to suffer a drop in results.
“I think international rugby, especially at the Six Nations level, you get to a certain stage and success makes you a little weak,” Jones said. “You have to fight through it. It’s hard to be on top of the tree all the time.
“Unfortunately, I thought we had to for a time like this. Every team goes through there. we have a good group of honest and hardworking players. There is no reason why we should not. I think teams go through these times and you come out of it a lot stronger than before.