England’s campaign ended with a 25-13 defeat to champions France which also saw the hosts claim the Grand Slam; The result confirmed a third-place finish for Jones’ side, but the Australian refused to answer questions over his future

Last Updated: 20/03/22 8:42am

Eddie Jones would not be drawn on his future after England’s loss to France

Eddie Jones refused to answer questions over his future after England slumped to a third-place finish in the Guinness Six Nations, but accepted his performance as head coach has not been good enough.
France were crowned Grand Slam champions to claim their first title since 2010 after emerging 25-13 winners in Paris, although a jittery performance caused by the nerves of the occasion prevented them from pulling clear at any stage.It is the third time in five years that England have ended the tournament nursing three defeats, a poor return that raises questions over Jones’ suitability to continue as head coach just 18 months out from the World Cup. But he insisted it is up to the RFU to decide if he should continue. “That is not a question I need to answer, I just do my job,” Jones said. “It’s a question for other people to answer. I am not even thinking about that.”I’m disappointed – disappointed for the fans, for the players. I obviously haven’t done a good enough job, I accept that, but we’re moving in the right direction. The results aren’t good enough. When you rebuild a team, it takes time.”England’s battling qualities that have been evident throughout the Six Nations prevented France from accelerating clear and early in the second half they dominated, scoring a try through Freddie Steward.But Antoine Dupont replied with a classy try to wrestle back control and although the visitors stayed in the fight by showing admirable resilience, they lacked the firepower to dent a robust …

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