- England rugby head coach Eddie Jones has been sacked just nine months before the start of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France
- Jones came under intense pressure after 2022 saw England return a losing record in a calendar year for the first time since 2008
- Jones has the highest win ratio of any previous England head coach and led England to three Six Nations titles during his time in charge
England have decided to part ways with rugby head coach Eddie Jones after a poor year that saw the team record just five wins while they suffered six losses from 12 matches.
England struggled to reach the same heights after Jones led them to the 2019 World Cup final since they had their poorest calendar year since 2008 and produced a losing Test record for the first time since then.
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The Rugby Football Union revealed it will now conclude the long-term work it has been undertaking on coach succession planning with changes set to be announced in the near future.
In the interim, Richard Cockerill will take over the day-to-day running of the men's performance team until a new coach is announced by the RFU.
Steve Borthwick proposed as Jones’s replacement
Meanwhile, Leicester's Steve Borthwick is reportedly one of the leading contenders to replace sacked Eddie Jones after the 62-year-old was dismissed by England, Eurosport reports.
Jones won his first 17 matches in charge of England after taking over in 2015 and took the team to the 2019 World Cup final.
But they have managed just five wins from 12 matches this year and only beat Japan across four autumn internationals.
Bulls rugby player Chris Smit knocks himself out
Earlier, Sports Brief reported Chris Smit will try to forget what happened yesterday as soon as possible.
A viral video on YouTube showed the Vodacom Bulls XV centre knocking himself out during a Toyota Challenge match against the Vodacom Bulls. The encounter took place at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.
Smit smartly beat the Cheetahs defence before racing for the try-line. However, just as he was about to dot the ball down for the five points, he lost control of the ball, before his head crashed into the turf.