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Eddie Jones is committed to seeing out the remaining two years of his contract as England head coach, the Rugby Football Union has said.
Jones' contract runs until 2021 and under the terms of the deal he is due to work with his successor for the final year of his contract. However, it has been suggested that the Australian could step down if England struggle at the World Cup in Japan.
RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney, however, insists Jones will remain as England head coach until 2021. "Eddie has reconfirmed his commitment to stay through to 2021," Sweeney said in a statement.
“The focus is on the World Cup and then making sure we get our plans in place post World Cup. We’ve started conversations of what the coaching structure will look like coming back from Japan and Eddie has a number of names in the frame.
“We haven’t approached them yet, and we wouldn’t contract anyone pre-World Cup, but he has in mind how he would like to structure that when back from Japan.”
Meanwhile, John Mitchell has agreed a deal to carry on as England's defence coach until 2021.
Mitchell joined the coaching staff ahead of last year's autumn internationals and he has agreed to carry on for the duration of Jones' contract.
"I am delighted and privileged to be recommitting to England Rugby until 2021," said Mitchell. "This is the right decision for me especially given the RFU's investment in me over the last year and what I have been able to add and learn so far, and will continue to do in the future."
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