While England have been in poor form for quite some time, it was still a surprise to see them lost Argentina at Twickenham over the weekend.
The team has been stuttering under Eddie Jones for quite some time, although the Aussie insisted that he was gearing them up for next year's World Cup. However, less than 12 months removed from the tournament in France, the side looks worse than ever.
It has resulted in some real questions about his immediate position with the team, although the RFU are somehow still committed to him.
That could well cost them.
Clive Woodward takes latest swipe at Eddie Jones
Despite England have a deeper playing pool than any other country, they continually come up short against nations with far fewer resources.
Clive Woodward believes that Eddie Jones is to blame for that.
The 2003 World Cup winning coach has been a vocal critic of the 62-year old over the last 18 months or so, something that seems unlikely to change.
Writing in his column doe the Daily Mail, he placed the blame for England's failings squarely at the feet of their current head coach.
England were too slow (against Argentina). Eddie Jones is picking and coaching a team that just can’t play fast enough and there is no-one at the RFU who is remotely qualified to hold him to account. Argentina brought the intensity and credit to them on a historic victory...
At every opportunity England slowed the game down. You cannot win doing this and, more importantly, the game is unwatchable...
The players aren’t the problem. England’s playing pool is as good as anyone in the world. I could nit-pick about individuals but the fault here lies with the way they are coached and selected. Too many players are being picked out of position...
I was Eddie’s biggest fan when he first came in but now it feels like he’s just trying to prove people wrong. He’s taking on the media, he’s taking on ex-players and it’s caught up with him. Someone needs to sit down with him and say, ‘What was that all about? This is just not acceptable’. Eddie needs to start listening.
It’s a huge year for English rugby. He needs to look in the mirror and eat a big slice of humble pie. It’s time to admit that he’s got a lot things badly wrong...
Jones and those he supposedly reports to need to wise up and quickly or their legacy will be seen as finishing English rugby.
It seems clear at this point that England will have to make a coaching change if they are to have any hopes of performing at the World Cup. However, the RFU seem very hesitant to do so.
It seems as though they will be stuck with Eddie Jones for now.