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England's Eddie Jones given two-year contract extension by RFU

Eddie Jones has been given a two-year contract extension until 2021 Photo: PA

England head coach Eddie Jones has been given a two-year contract extension until 2021, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Jones was due to step down after the World Cup but having overseen a remarkable run of 22 wins from 23 Tests, his bosses have decided to lengthen his reign while inserting into the terms of the deal a performance break clause after Japan 2019.

"I did not presume I would be asked to stay on but, once the conversations started very recently, it was not a difficult decision to make," Jones said.

The RFU see the contract extension as part of the succession planning for Jones' departure and hope to have appointed his replacement by the end of the 2019-20 season. The two will then work together until Jones' exit.

These are exciting times for English rugby, with a focused and committed squad who are full of potential and determined to win," Jones said. "I will continue to work as hard as I can to make England the world's best rugby team."

RFU chief executive Steve Brown said: "Eddie's results as England head coach speak for themselves. Under Eddie's leadership, we have risen from eight to second in the world - and Eddie won't be satisfied until we are number one.

He has a 95 per cent win rate at the helm, and has been a galvanising force for the RFU, bringing focus, clarity and extraordinary commitment to the role."