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Report: Conor O'Shea In The Frame To Become Next England Coach

Report: Conor O'Shea In The Frame To Become Next England Coach
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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While there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding English rugby at the moment, one thing we do know is that the country will have a new head coach after next year's World Cup.

Eddie Jones has already confirmed that he will be stepping aside after the tournament in France, although some are hoping he will leave his post sooner than that.

Their results were disastrous in 2022, winning only five of the 12 tests they featured in. The RFU are currently carrying out an internal review as a result, with Jones' future as head coach the central question to be determined.

It had been expected that  Jones would continue in the role until the end of 2023, but that now seems to be in doubt.

Conor O'Shea could become next England coach

The RFU have been considering options for their next head coach for some time now, with Scott Robertson believed to be the preferred option. The 48-year old has built an impressive coaching CV with Canterbury and Crusaders and is expected to make the move to test rugby in the near future.

It is believed that Eddie Jones' position is now under serious threat and he could be replaced before next year's Six Nations. However, Robertson is unlikely to be available at that point due to current club commitments.

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As a result, other short-term options are being considered.

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The Daily Mail are reporting that Irishman Conor O'Shea is in the running to become the interim England head coach.

O'Shea is currently the RFU high performance director, with Clive Woodward recently apportioning a large portion of the blame for England's current struggles on him. He will also be heavily involved in the review that will decide Jones' future.

Should the Australian lose his job, it is believed that the Limerick native could step into the role on a short-term basis. His only previous coaching experience at test level came during his time in charge of Italy, failing to win a Six Nations game across four campaigns. However, he did have successful stints at London Irish and Harlequins earlier in his career.

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Warren Gatland is another name in the frame to take the role on a short-term basis, although he has been heavily linked with a return to Wales in recent days.

O'Shea may not be a popular appointment among England fans, but it is one that would make sense in the short-term.

This is one to keep an eye on.

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