Eddie gets four-year England deal

The RFU has confirmed that Eddie Jones has been appointed England head coach on a four-year contract.

Jones will take charge of England ahead of their opening Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield on 6 February.

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie welcomed Jones's arrival.

'We promised to recruit a coach with proven international experience and we have done that. Eddie is a world-class coach, with extensive experience at the highest level with Australia, South Africa and Japan. We believe that the appointment, which was unanimously approved by the RFU board, is the right one to bring England success in the short, medium and long term.'

Jones said he was looking forward to taking on an international role again.

'The opportunity to take the reins in, possibly, the world’s most high-profile international rugby job doesn’t come along every day. I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity. I’m now looking forward to working with the RFU and the players to move beyond the disappointment England suffered at the World Cup and hope to build a new team that will reflect the level of talent that exists within the English game. I believe the future is bright for England.'

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