'Disappointed with the results' - RFU head Bill Sweeney

England have won five out of their 12 games in 2022
England have won five out of their 12 games in 2022

The chief executive of the Rugby Football Union Bill Sweeney expressed disappointment over the performance of England in the recently concluded autumn internationals.

Eddie Jones' side had a dismal start to the year having finished fifth in the Six Nations tournament but managed to bounce back with a series win in Australia during the summer tour.

Nevertheless, they made an inauspicious start to their autumn internationals with a narrow 29-30 defeat against Argentina but trounced Japan in the second game with a 52-13 margin following a draw with New Zealand.

They were booed off at Twickenham last weekend when they were outplayed by the Springboks 13-27 leaving them with just five wins from 12 games in the year.

“We would like to thank England fans for their patience and support, it matters to us how they feel," Sweeney said in a statement on Sunday.

"Like them we are really disappointed with the results. Despite strong individual performances and some great new talent coming into the team, the overall results are not where we expect them to be.”

With calls on Eddie Jones' future with England being questioned continuously, 2003 World Cup winning coach Matt Dawson said the board should have a strong talk with the 62-year-old if they are to make a mark in next year's showpiece event.

"The Armageddon decision is to let Eddie Jones go and allow someone to get in as head coach and make changes now, with the Six Nations ahead of them," Dawson told the BBC.

"Or, if those in charge don't change Jones, they tell Jones he has to change. And change something substantial and fast. There have to be some tough conversations to talk about why they are playing the way they are."