Eddie Jones set to agree new England contract to coach side into 2023 Rugby World Cup

A solid Six Nations, which ended prematurely with England top of the table, put Jones in position to take the side through to France ‘23 and the 60-year-old is believed to have agreed a deal with the RFU to do so.

Conversations between the two parties have been ongoing since late last year and an official announcement could be made on Thursday.

He has been in charge since 2015 and staying in charge for another three years would see him eclipse the stint served by World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward to become the country’s longest-serving boss.

Jones, who is currently in Japan, has stated his lofty aim to make England the greatest side in the history of rugby.

And while he has some way to go to deliver on that, he feels the age bracket of his team allows for further growth.

Jones will hold a virtual England team meeting on Monday in which he will urge his players to be role models for the country during the current crisis.

After the embarrassment caused to Aston Villa by captain Jack Grealish’s breach of coronavirus prevention protocols, Jones wants no such problems from his squad – and does not expect any.

“The players can be an inspiration to their rugby communities, particularly their local communities, in the way they behave and the way they conduct themselves and I think they are all trying to do that which is a great thing,” said Jones, who is currently in Japan.

“Rugby’s a game that has always espoused teamwork. One of the things we talk about with the England team all the time is how you can become a better team-mate.

“Now, for everyone, it is about how you become a better citizen. Following instructions and behaving with discipline is important.

“One of the values we talk about is togetherness. It is working for the benefit of the team and obviously that is pretty important now.

“Watching from afar last Thursday night everyone standing outside of their houses and applauding the NHS was an indication of the great togetherness of society at the moment.”

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