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World Cup glory the aim as England continue evolution under Jones

England coach Eddie Jones used November to build squad depth. Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Eddie Jones doesn't like talking about himself. After picking up the award for World Rugby's Coach of the Year, he dedicated it to the players; they are the group he wants to make his job redundant by the time the next World Cup ticks around.

He wants them to be self-driven, self-policing and self-motivated; he will be in the shadows just stepping in when he feels they need a firm arm on the shoulder. So, only he will know just how much the accolade means to him. It is the first time he has won an award traditionally dominated by Kiwis. Just two Australians have won it, and Sir Clive Woodward took it in 2003. It is significant, an indication of how far he has taken England since their 2015 nadir.

But he will not mention it himself, nor will he be willing to take any praise levelled in his direction. It is just not his way.

Instead it was dedicated to Dylan Hartley, to the Chris Robshaws in the team, to the George Fords, Owen Farrells and so on. And it was also pointed in his management team's direction, to Paul Gustard, Steve Borthwick and Neal Hatley. And the others in the shadows.

"If you have got a good team, you can be a good coach," was his message. For the players, they see him as a "brilliant manager of people," as Maro Itoje put it. They are kept on their toes, complacency is left at the Pennyhill Park gates. Those who fall short of Jones' expected level of intensity are shown the door, usually given another chance but if they spurn that the door remains closed.

Billy Vunipola, who missed the autumn internationals, can now safely be bracketed in the 'world-class' category. He has flourished under Jones. Then there is someone like Jonny May. His move to Leicester and increased involvement with England has seen him take another step forward. But there was a wonderful insight into the trust the players have for Jones when May was talking about his slightly bizarre interaction with North Korea. When he was invited to the country, he turned to Jones for guidance.

Jones' relentless energy is well known. He rises before the sun, and finally attempts to rest long after the moon has come up. His coaches are expected to move to the beat of his drum. They are not exempt from the squad mantra of constant improvement. "As a coaching staff, we don't sit still, we are chronically restless," Jones said. It is a big old ship all geared towards sailing towards Japan 2019 as favourites.

The narrative has also been relentless. Even in his opening press conference he referenced the 2019 World Cup and that being the goal. Everything achieved along the way is geared towards Nov. 2, 2019, the day of the final.

You can see the spine of his World Cup squad now. But there are still areas which need to be developed. "Every day I wake up, I am worried," Jones said. "If that changes, then I will be worried because every day potentially something could happen tonight to one of our key players."

They need further options at tighthead, a third hooker would be helpful but the rest of the pack is settled. Another scrum-half is also needed to put pressure on Danny Care and Ben Youngs -- Richard Wigglesworth, Jack Maunder and Dan Robson are best-placed to do that.

But the established order is not tattooed into place. Talking after their win over Samoa, Jones said there are players outside of the current group who he wants to see force their way back into contention.

The coaching staff is continually being kept on its toes with Jones bringing in Marc del Maso's expertise to aid Hatley while he has appointed a new head of performance in AFL legend Neil Craig. Expect other faces to pop up between now and the World Cup. It is an ever-moving system, foundations are not cemented.

The same goes for their gameplan. England have their own areas of focus for each international window. "We just need to keep improving as a team and for individuals to keep adapting -- that's the No.1 thing," Jones has said. He continued: "Generally we are moving in a positive direction," and the constant theme throughout the November Tests was the team set up to play the coach's version of 'English rugby'.

It is a beast that will continue to evolve, shift and adapt to the different trends in the world's game. But gone are the days when England were trying to emulate others; they need to be ahead of the curve, again something Jones referenced in his first ever England press conference.

They will look back on this autumn as one where Jones and his staff learned a huge amount about their depth. Players have been tried, first-choice contenders either injured or rested. The 2019 World Cup squad is taking shape, while England keep on winning.

But there are still some questions -- who is their first-choice openside? Do they have a leadership structure in place if Hartley gets injured before the World Cup? Where are those tightheads?

Further awards will be heading in England's direction before the World Cup. Another Six Nations title -- it promises to be the most competitive championship for a while but nothing less than a Grand Slam will do for England -- and Jones will have become the first coach to win three on the bounce. But unless they win on Nov. 2, 2019, then they will mean little.

He might be Coach of the Year, but he's far from done. "I'm never happy. Never happy. Never happy. Because we want to get better."