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New IRFU Deal Means Farrell Won't Succeed Jones As England Coach

New IRFU Deal Means Farrell Won't Succeed Jones As England Coach

Speculation that Andy Farrell could succeed Eddie Jones as England boss following the 2023 World Cup in France has been buried after a recent announcement.

Aug 3, 2022 by RugbyPass
New IRFU Deal Means Farrell Won't Succeed Jones As England Coach

Speculation that Andy Farrell could succeed Eddie Jones as England boss following the 2023 World Cup in France has been buried after the IRFU announced they have extended their head coach's contract through to 2025. 

Fresh from defeating the All Blacks 2-1 in a historic Test series win in New Zealand, Farrell had been heavily linked with a potential switch back to England, the team he worked as an assistant for under Stuart Lancaster through to the 2015 World Cup.

Jones decided not to keep on any of Lancaster's staff when he took over ahead of the 2016 Six Nations, leaving Farrell to come to Ireland and work under Joe Schmidt before becoming head coach for the 2020 Six Nations. 

With the RFU on record that they are looking for an indigenous coach to succeed Jones after next year's finals in France, Farrell had been heavily linked with a move home. However, that will not happen as he has instead extended his Ireland contract for another two years - a deal agreed before his recent success in New Zealand. 

An IRFU statement read: "The IRFU will advise delegates at its annual council meeting later today that Ireland men's head coach Andy Farrell has signed a two-year contract extension that will see him remain in his position until at least August 2025.

"In his address to the council, CEO Kevin Potts will congratulate and thank Andy, his coaching team, support staff and players for their historic win in New Zealand, while also confirming the contract extension."