It has been reported that England are open to the possibility of Eddie Jones staying on after the 2019 World Cup but they are willing to look overseas once again if the Australian steps down.

Under Jones England has enjoyed nine straight victories since he took over following the team’s World Cup exit last year. However, he has previously said that he intends to “watch cricket in Barbados” once Japan 2019 is over. Furthermore, last November he said that a “fundamental” part of his job is to find a successor.

Nonetheless, Chief Executive Ian Ritchie has said that if no suitable candidate comes forward the Rugby Football Union would consider extending Jones’ contract or recruiting overseas.

Ritchie said that it is up to Jones what happens after 2019 and that at this point no one knows what will happen over the next few years. He said that he is working on the assumption that he will leave in 2019 as that is the deal that they reached. However, he said that, “As it moves and develops, no doubt we’ll sit down and discuss it together. I do think it’s early doors.”

Speaking about having a coach from abroad he said that they would be happy if there is an English coach but if no one is available “we’ll need to go back to someone with proven international experience”.

The RFU’s director for professional rugby, Nigel Melville, who moved from his post as USA Rugby to work at Twickenham also pointed out the importance of looking abroad. He said that in America they ideal wanted an American coach but that “wasn’t necessarily good for our rugby and we had to bring in an international coach.”