England will face New Zealand on Saturday with a place in the Rugby World Cup final at stake and bragging rights on the line.


Head coach Eddie Jones took up the role as Red Rose head coach in November 2015 and has enjoyed a colourful time at the helm since.

Here, the PA news agency examines the highs and lows of Jones’ tenure to date.


March 2016: Jones enjoyed the perfect start to his reign by presiding over England’s first Grand Slam since 2003.

June 2016: The Midas touch was carried into the summer tour to Australia where the Wallabies were swept aside 3-0 in a thrilling Test series.


March 2017: Scotland were routed 61-21 to see England equal New Zealand’s record of 18 successive Test wins. Defeat by Ireland in the next match ended the run.

January 2018: Having overseen a remarkable streak of 23 wins from 24 Tests, Jones is awarded a two-year contract extension.


October 2019: England claim an impressive 40-16 win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Oita.


January 2017: Attends the Six Nations launch in London with heavy bruising and wounding around his left eye after slipping in the shower earlier that morning.

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Eddie Jones hurt himself in the shower

February 2018: Abused by Scotland fans and then football supporters while using public transport to travel from Edinburgh to London via Manchester.

March 2018: England left one defeat away from enduring their worst Six Nations performance since 2006 following dismal losses to Scotland and France.

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England players dejected after All Blacks defeat in November 2018.(Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

March 2018: Footage from a business talk in 2017 shows Jones refer to Ireland as the “scummy Irish” and Wales as a “little s*** country”.

England head coach Eddie Jones and captain Owen Farrell look ahead to Saturday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

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