England head coach Eddie Jones will know by the middle of next week if he’s going to be sacked, along with his place beneath growing stress.
The evaluation panel is ready to meet on Monday, with the findings mentioned at a board assembly on Tuesday.
An official announcement might then be made by the middle of next week.
While Jones and the RFU have lengthy been dedicated to his tenure ending after the Rugby World Cup next 12 months, England’s kind has pressured a speedy reappraisal of technique.
Despite a plucky sequence victory in Australia, 2022 has been an underwhelming 12 months for Jones and his crew, with simply 5 wins in 13 matches.
Tensions between Jones and the RFU hierarchy additionally seem to have been strained by the intervention of one of the head coach’s most trusted confidants – PR adviser David Pembroke, who criticised RFU chief government Bill Sweeney in two now-deleted on-line posts earlier this week.
Pembroke has since apologised to Sweeney, who has had a difficult fortnight – having additionally been cross-examined by MPs following the demise of Premiership golf equipment Worcester and Wasps. It is known he continues to be dedicated to the job in hand and retains the backing of the RFU board.
If Jones was to be moved on, the RFU would wish to quickly appoint a substitute in time for the Six Nations in February, in addition to formulating a plan not only for the next 12 months but in addition past the World Cup in France.
A number of long-term candidates to change Jones have already dominated themselves out, with Andy Farrell committing to Ireland past 2023, Shaun Edwards doing likewise with France, and La Rochelle boss Ronan O’Gara saying on Friday he had eliminated himself from the operating.
Ex-Wales coach Warren Gatland stays an choice on a short-term foundation, though the BBC understands Leicester director of rugby Steve Borthwick continues to be the RFU’s long-term desire.
Former Harlequins and Italy coach Conor O’Shea is already on the RFU workers as director of efficiency, however he isn’t thought to be a practical choice in both the quick or long run.
Highly rated Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has additionally spoken to the RFU and is eager to safe a global position.