He may be contracted to England beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but Eddie Jones could be on the move earlier than many people expect…
It is being reported Down Under that Eddie Jones is still favoured by Rugby Australia – with the Aussies keen on Jones returning to his native country.
The last Wallabies coach to win the Bledisloe Cup, there is a clause in his contract with the RFU that means a poor performance at the forthcoming World Cup could see him relieved of his post.
Ben Whitaker is Rugby Australia’s high-performance manager and is in charge of coming up with a post-World Cup plan. While he hasn’t ruled out Michael Cheika remaining in the hot seat, the fact that he is openly talking about a post-Cheika Australia is not a good sign for the former Leinster coach.
Speaking to foxsports.com.au, Whitaker admitted that Jones is a guy that the Wallabies will be looking at down the line:
“I can’t speak on behalf of the board, but if I’m tasked with pulling together a list of potential candidates, is Eddie Jones on there, yeah he is.
“And if he’s willing and able — things you’d have to work out — he’d be on the list, probably another dozen would be too.”
Cheika recently revealed that should Australia not win the World Cup, he would step aside from the role. However, this is not set in stone.
“We’ll be talking to Michael right through into the World Cup and beyond, and he will be a part of that process,” Whitaker said.
“Sometimes things change and people change their minds.”
With England’s NatWest 6 Nations hopes hanging by a thread, this is unwelcome speculation.
England travel to Paris to play France in round 4 and may need a bonus point win to keep their Championship hopes alive ahead of their St Patrick’s Day clash with Ireland in Twickenham.