England coach Eddie Jones has signed a contract extension through until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Jones, 60, took the helm of England in late 2015 and has been rewarded for what has been a successful stint in charge.
The Australian has overseen 42 wins in 54 Tests as England coach, including leading them to last year’s Rugby World Cup final, where they were beaten by South Africa.
Jones has re-signed through until the end of the Rugby World Cup in 2023, which is due to be hosted by France.
“The extension is a great honour for me, but in the current environment, it is only right to acknowledge what a difficult time the world is facing,” the England coach said.
“We are all looking forward to a time when we can get back to playing rugby and use the sport as a force for good in bringing people back together.
“I never thought coming here four years ago I would be doing a second four years, but the circumstances are right.
“Obviously it is important for the team that we keep improving and my focus will be solely on that.”
Jones’ 78 per cent win ratio is the best of any England coach in the nation’s history.
During his tenure, Jones has led England to two Six Nations titles – including a Grand Slam in 2016 – a 3-0 series victory in Australia and an 18-match unbeaten run.
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Jones added: “I am excited about raising the standards again. We have a great team. We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes.
“Now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen. It’s a big ambition but I believe we are capable of doing it.
“We have players with an enhanced reputation, we have a team that is expected to do well, so it’s a great opportunity for us to keep moving forward.”
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