RFU sends Jones packing but English rugby’s problems won’t go with him | Andy Bull

Surely you would not sack the most successful coach you’ve had without a clear vision. So what is the RFU’s grand plan?

Eight minutes to play and England are 14 points down against New Zealand. Will Stuart has just scored in the corner and Marcus Smith is standing over the conversion, on the 22, five metres in from the right touchline. It should be Owen Farrell’s kick.

Farrell, who has made every shot at goal so far in the autumn, 15 out of 15 in 200 minutes of Test rugby, is on the pitch, but struggling with a dead leg. So it falls to Smith. He strides up, leans back a touch too much as he swings his boot through and the ball flies wide, passing a couple of feet outside the right upright.

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