England head coach Eddie Jones has said that Rugby Australia were never really interested in him taking over from Michael Cheika for the previously vacant Wallabies job.
Current Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie will take over from Cheika in 2020 but Jones was one of many names thought to be under consideration for the role.
However, Jones, who led England at a World Cup final, revealed to ABC’s 7.30 that there was no formal discussions about him taking over from Cheika.
“There was no formal discussion,” Jones told 7.30.
“There was a brief text exchange with no actual in-depth discussion about whether I was interested in coaching Australia.
“I think it was a convenient conversation for the ARU [Rugby Australia] to have, to be honest.
“I don’t think they were really interested in bringing me back as the Australian coach.”
Jones is confident that Rennie will be successful in his new role as he aims to bring the Wallabies back to their former glory after a disappointing World Cup.
Despite Rennie being from New Zealand, Jones doesn’t see it as an issue.
“Ideally, Australia would like to have an Australian [coach], but if the best candidate is a Kiwi, go with the Kiwi.
“What we’re seeing is the globalisation of sport, which happens in nearly every endeavour of life.
“If you look at most countries around the world, apart from probably New Zealand and France, they’ve got non-native coaches. And that’s how sport’s going.”