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RFU demand England improvement

Head coach Eddie Jones has been warned that he cannot live off past success and must engineer an upturn in England's fortunes.

The 58-year-old tactician oversaw a huge improvement in the Red Rose's results when replacing Stuart Lancaster, with back-to-back Six Nations titles in 2016 and 2017.

However it all fell apart this year, with a lowly fifth-place finish in the northern hemisphere showpiece before England left South Africa on the wrong end of a 2-1 score line.

A 25-10 Cape Town success in the final match of the trip arrested a sequence of five losses and, after sitting down with Jones for a debrief following that tour, RFU chief executive Steve Brown insists there will be no knee-jerk reaction.

"I've reflected over the time Eddie has been at his post and his win rate [80 per cent]," he said. "The win rate is still very high - it's significant and it's hard to argue against it.

"It's important that we don't just make a judgement on what's happened in the very short term. Nevertheless, it was a pretty poor run of results."

England take on the Springboks, New Zealand, Japan and Australia in the autumn internationals and Brown has hinted that the RFU want to see an improvement sooner rather than later.

"Coming fifth in the Six Nations was a pretty difficult situation," he added. "The last result in South Africa was important, but not critical to any decisions we make about the future.

"The confidence comes from the history to date and talking to Eddie about the plans for the autumn and the World Cup and how to get back to that win rate.

"I've discussed this with Eddie and I'm confident those disappointing results are behind us and can be turned around."

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