Japan coach Eddie Jones has expressed his interest in becoming England head coach after the Rugby World Cup, The Telegraph are reporting.
Stuart Lancaster, currently at the helm of the Red Rose, has a contract with the RFU until 2020. But there has been much speculation about his future in the role following England’s poor showing at this World Cup, in which they have been eliminated with one pool game left to play.
Jones, currently in charge of Japan, was the architect of the story of the World Cup so far. The Japanese defeated South Africa on the opening weekend of the tournament, and beat Samoa on Saturday to keep them right in contention of reaching the quarter-finals, ahead of their final game against USA.
It has been reported that Jones said he would “certainly chat to them [RFU] if they thought I was the right man for the role”.
However, it was recently announced that Jones will take charge of Super Rugby side the DHL Stormers following this World Cup, so if England wanted the Australian coach, it is likely that they would have to pay top dollar.
Jones coached Australia to the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, narrowly losing out to England. However, he was on the winning side in 2007 when part of the back-room staff with South Africa, as technical advisor. Having coached Saracens from 2007 to 2009, he has knowledge of the game in England, and is one of the most experienced coaches around.
Jones is a man in demand following Japan’s unlikely strong showing at the World Cup, so if the RFU want him, they will need to make a strong financial case to the Stormers.