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'I am absolutely gutted': Fans slam 'awful' and 'pathetic' Jones axing

By Finn Morton
(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Another traditional Test heavyweight has made a drastic change to their coaching setup in the hopes of turning their poor form around in time for next year’s World Cup.

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Earlier this week, the Welsh Rugby Union confirmed that legendary coach Warren Gatland would be replacing the under fire Wayne Pivac as Wales’ head coach.

It was a decision that was blasted by many fans on social media considering the World Cup is nigh on the horizon, with one supporter saying “Gatland may regret returning.”

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But it was a decision that needed to be made.

International rugby is more competitive than ever before and Wales were clearly no longer playing at the level that was expected of them.

But oh, how the mighty have fallen.

New Zealand, Australia and England have all come under immense pressure this year following periods of unwanted results – but two of those teams have stuck by their coach.

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Less than 24 hours ago it was confirmed that super coach Eddie Jones had been axed from his position as coach of the England men’s team, just nine months out from rugby’s biggest event.

England had not been playing at the level that they had just a few years ago, where they were undoubtedly the best team on the planet under Jones for an impressive stretch of games.

But fast forward a few years, and England are coming off a dismal Autumn Nations Series. England started their campaign with a loss at home against Argentina, and only managed to win one Test in November.

While Jones’ replacement is still yet to be officially announced, fans have been left feeling “absolutely gutted” after hearing the news.

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Rugby Football Union CEO Bill Sweeney has praised Jones for his successful seven year tenure with England, which saw him record “the highest win ratio of any previous England men’s head coach.”

“It is important to recognise the huge contribution Eddie has made,” Sweeney said, as seen on England’s twitter page.

He has the highest win ration of any previous England men’s head coach and has helped develop the leadership skills of many players and coaches.

“I am grateful to Eddie for all he has done across many areas of the game and the professional way in which he approached reviewing the performance of the team.”

During his decorated time in charge of England, Jones won three Six Nations titles, one Grand Slam, and made a Rugby World Cup final in 2019.

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