Eddie Jones extends contract until end of 2023 World Cup

England coach Eddie Jones has extended his contract with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) until the end of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, the RFU announced on Thursday.

Jones' contract was due to finish in 2021, but he will now take England through another World Cup cycle, having led them to the 2019 final.

As well as being World Cup finalists, England has won two Six Nations titles including a Grand Slam in 2016, a 3-0 away Test series win against Australia in the same year and secured an unbeaten run of 18 matches -- equalling New Zealand's record -- since Jones took over in 2015.

"The extension is a great honour for me, but in the current environment, it is only right to acknowledge what a difficult time the world is facing," Jones said in a statement.

"We are all looking forward to a time when we can get back to playing rugby and use the sport as a force for good in bringing people back together. I never thought coming here four years ago I would be doing a second four years but the circumstances are right. Obviously it is important for the team that we keep improving and my focus will be solely on that.

"I am excited about raising the standards again. We have a great team. We set out four years ago to be the best team in the world and unfortunately we missed that by 80 minutes. Now we want to be the team that is remembered as being the greatest team the game has ever seen."

Rugby Football Union (RFU) CEO Bill Sweeney said post-World Cup that tying Jones down on a new deal was a priority. In December, he said "conversations were ongoing" but Jones wanted to take England through the Six Nations before deciding on his future.

"We are delighted that Eddie will continue as head coach to run England's campaign to take us to the 2023 Rugby World Cup. His record since joining speaks for itself and he has proven why he is one of the best coaches in world rugby," Sweeney said in a statement.

"We reached an understanding soon after returning from Japan but there were some things that we wanted to make sure worked for both sides. We have announced Eddie's contract extension a few weeks later than planned as our focus was diverted to support the English rugby community during this difficult time, we are now turning our attention to developing plans to support the rebooting of rugby and a winning England team will provide a vital role in that."

England had won three from four in the Six Nations before it was postponed by the coronavirus pandemic. Jones and Sweeney were set to talk about his new deal over dinner two weeks ago, but talks have taken place over the phone due to the coronavirus.

Jones is currently in Japan and has agreed to a temporary 25% pay cut as the impact of the pandemic hits sport's finances.