It's too late to sack England head coach Eddie Jones feels Handre Pollard

England had a tough year under Eddie Jones
England had a tough year under Eddie Jones

South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard believes England have left it too late to consider sacking England coach Eddie Jones after a dismal year.

England managed just one win in four Tests in the recently concluded autumn internationals while also suffering a defeat to Argentina at Twickenham Stadium.

They were booed also 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 that started with them finishing fifth in the Six Nations tournament and later managed to register a series win in Australia during the summer tour.

“It’s a difficult one," he said.

“It’s tough because you’ll basically have that Six Nations and a few warm-up games. It’s not a lot of time, so it will be tough. I’m not sure if it’s possible, but you never know."

Citing the example of Rassie Erasmus, who guided them to a World Cup win in 2019, Pollard said any new changes to the coaching panel will hamper the team's chances in the showpiece event in France next year.

“We felt Erasmus’ impact immediately because of the personality he is and the way he does stuff.

“But in terms of the rugby and on-field stuff, he said that with our new defensive system it will take 18 games. He knew that’s how long we had before the World Cup.

“It probably clicked a little earlier than 18 games, but I would say it took us a good year to find ourselves, really understand each other and know where we stood with each other. And then in 2019 we really kicked off with the results.

“The previous year 2018 was up and down when we were trying to find our feet. It took about a year I’d say.”