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Sam Underhill delighted with Eddie Jones' England contract extension

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Flanker Sam Underhill says there is such belief among the England players that it makes sense for Eddie Jones to continue as head coach

Sam Underhill is backing England to achieve more success under Eddie Jones, who signed a two-year contract extension on Wednesday.

The new deal will keep Jones in post until 2021 but the 57-year-old will be expected to work with his successor who will be brought in after the 2019 World Cup.

Underhill is back from injury and hoping to be included in England's Six Nations squad, which will be announced on Thursday morning.

Jones gave Underhill his first England cap and the 21-year-old is delighted that the Australian's tenure as head coach has been extended.

Underhill said: "He's obviously doing really good things, the environment is so intense and there is such an expectation to win. There is such a belief there that I think it can only be a good thing moving forward."

Underhill also believes it makes sense for Jones' successor to be brought in early and benefit from working with the incumbent.

"If there is to be a new coach I think it is a good thing that they would have the chance to see [Jones at work]," he added.

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"I think it must be difficult for any coach coming into a new environment blind and not seeing what was there before and so I think it will be a good thing.

"I think every coach can have a slightly different take on things but I think it is good for the players to see that the coach has seen what has been put in place before and both sides have a recognition of what was there."

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Underhill has spent several weeks on the sidelines after suffering concussion playing against Australia in November, but he has recently returned to action with Bath in the Champions Cup against Scarlets and is hoping to be involved with England again.

"It's been frustrating but I think the frustrating thing about concussion is that it's not an injury you can really see or know an awful lot about," Underhill added.

"I was really pleased with how the guys handled it, I was well supported throughout. I think they prepared me well to get back.

"If it happens it happens, if it doesn't happen it doesn't happen. The best thing you can do as players is realise it is out of your hands, to keep yourself fit and look after your own performances."

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