England coach Eddie Jones says hosts France will pose a serious threat at the 2023 World Cup.
Jones was speaking from the UK in a media opportunity linked to the release of his new book My Life and Rugby: The Autobiography.
‘I think France are going to be really dangerous; they’re moving in the right direction, with a home World Cup coming up in 2023,’ he told Sport24 when asked who could pose the biggest threat to the world champion Springboks at the next global showpiece.
‘A good sign is that they won the last U20 World Cup [in Argentina earlier this year] so they clearly have a lot of good young players coming through – they should become increasingly more dangerous over the next four years.’
Jones said he expected the 2023 tournament to ‘be absolutely fascinating’.
He added: ‘You’ll have New Zealand absolutely desperate for revenge, with a new coach, and the players will still be hurting. But Australia will be immeasurably stronger under Dave Rennie, who is a very, very good coach … he’ll bring them together and they’ll play decent rugby.’