Eddie Jones: Highs and lows of England coach ahead of Rugby World Cup semi-final

Eddie Jones speaks to the press

England will face New Zealand on Saturday with a place in the Rugby World Cup final at stake.

Head coach Eddie Jones took up the role as Red Rose head coach in November 2015 and has enjoyed a colourful time at the helm.

Here, the PA news agency examines the highs and lows of Jones' tenure to date.

The highs...

March 2016: Jones enjoyed the perfect start to his reign by presiding over England's first Grand Slam since 2003.

June 2016: The Midas touch was carried into the summer tour to Australia where the Wallabies were swept aside 3-0 in a thrilling Test series.

March 2017: Scotland were routed 61-21 to see England equal New Zealand's record of 18 successive Test wins. Defeat by Ireland in the next match ended the run.

January 2018: Having overseen a remarkable streak of 23 wins from 24 Tests, Jones is awarded a two-year contract extension.

October 2019: England claim an impressive 40-16 win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Oita.

The lows...

January 2017: Attends the Six Nations launch in London with heavy bruising and wounding around his left eye after slipping in the shower earlier that morning.

February 2018: Abused by Scotland fans and then football supporters while using public transport to travel from Edinburgh to London via Manchester.

March 2018: England left one defeat away from enduring their worst Six Nations performance since 2006 following dismal losses to Scotland and France.

March 2018: Footage from a business talk in 2017 shows Jones refer to Ireland as the "scummy Irish" and Wales as a "little s*** country".

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