The Rugby Football Union has said that England’s dismal showing at the Six Nations will come under “brutally honest analysis”. The post-championship debrief will conclude in mid-April after the English finished in the fifth position in the Six Nations competition. Losses to Scotland, Ireland and Wales meant that this was there worst performance ever in the competition.
“It needs to be a thorough, brutally honest analysis of what went wrong and why and what the issues are,” RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney said. “We certainly don’t want it to be an opportunity to wallow in excuses. It has been an unusual year and I could reel off a whole list to you – we had to deal with this, we had to deal with that.”
Sweeney has a decision to make whether Jones’ slump is permanent or whether he has the tools to turn the tables and start winning again. Among the criticisms made of the Australian are his loyalty to out-of-form players, failure to solve an on-field disciplinary crisis, conservative tactics, wild inconsistency in results and performances and the team’s failure to add up to the sum of its parts.