Eddie Jones: England manager says he ‘didn’t work hard enough’

Eddie Jones said his performance as head coach was not good enough after England finished third in the Six Nations after losing to France in Paris.

England won just two matches for the second season in a row, raising questions about Jones’ future.

“This is not the question I need to answer. I’m just doing my job. It’s a question for other people,” Jones said.

“I am disappointed with the fans and the players. Obviously I haven’t done enough, I accept that, but we’re moving in the right direction.

“The results are not good enough. When you rebuild a team, it takes time.”

England trailed 18-6 at half-time on Saturday but bounced back in the second half thanks to a Freddie Steward corner kick.

However, Antoine Dupont responded with a classy attempt to regain control, and although England showed some promising signs, they lacked the firepower to break the well-trained French defenses.

“France is the deserving champion of the Six Nations, the best team,” Jones added. “But we had enough chances to win that game, we just didn’t convert them. We weren’t smart enough.”

“It was a small piece of history for us at the Six Nations. We put ourselves in a position to win the three games we lost, but weren’t patient enough, not good enough to win those games.

“It’s disappointing, but the spirit we’ve shown will help this team move in the right direction. This is a great reference match for us.

“We’ve got a lot of good young players and some of the older guys are starting to play really good rugby again, so we’ll have a good mix before the World Cup. [in 2023].”

England started the Six Nations with a loss in Scotland before beating Italy away and Wales at home.

Their title hopes were dashed by a record 32–15 home loss to Ireland, a match they played with mostly 14 players after Charlie Ewels was sent off after only 82 seconds.

England faced the possibility of a second consecutive fifth place, but defeats by Scotland and Wales ensured they would remain in third place.

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