The Rugby Football Union say they will consider coaches with no international experience in their search for Eddie Jones’ successor.Jones is contracted to the RFU until the end of 2021 when he will step aside, although his exit could come a little earlier with English rugby’s governing body able to let the Australian walk if England underperform at next year’s Rugby World Cup.
The RFU is keen to have a replacement on board before Jones walks away and director of professional rugby Nigel Melville has begun looking at potential options, giving due attention to those coaching in the Premiership.
Previously, the RFU had said the next England coach would need to have worked at international level, ruling out Exeter Chiefs’ boss Rob Baxter, but that requirement has now been dropped.
“We are looking domestically in the Premiership and seeing who is available and interested there,” Melville told BBC Sport.
“We are also looking at the wider scope across the world, because there are lots of people from other countries who may be available after 2019 who have international experience.
“But we may want to go with an England option who does not have international experience.
“It’s an open book at this stage, we are looking at all the options.”