Beleaguered Eddie Jones enlists help of All Blacks Rugby World Cup winner – report

Colin Newboult

Eddie Jones and Steve Hansen ahead of Barbarians v World XV fixture in 2023.

Rugby World Cup-winning head coach Steve Hansen has joined the Wallabies set-up ahead of the global tournament, according to reports in Australia.

After being asked by Eddie Jones to become an advisor to the Australian national team, the Sydney Morning Herald are reporting that Hansen has accepted the offer.

Hansen is already in camp, according to the newspaper, and will spend the next week with the Wallabies.

No wins in 2023

He will seek to improve a side that have yet to emerge victorious in 2023, with their last victory coming at the end of 2022 under Dave Rennie.

After Rennie was sacked, Jones took charge but the Wallabies went through the Rugby Championship without winning a game.

They then succumbed to the All Blacks to lose the Bledisloe Cup series 2-0, while they will play hosts France this weekend in their final World Cup warm-up.

Australia could therefore go into the global tournament having lost five successive matches.

Jones’ men open their Pool C campaign against Georgia on September 9 before taking on Fiji, Wales and Portugal.

The 63-year-old will hope that the addition of Hansen will help the Wallabies achieve their ambitions and make them World Cup contenders.

As All Blacks boss, a role he took in 2012, Hansen led the national team to the global title in 2015.

He left in 2019 following their semi-final exit in Japan, but is back involved in the game ahead of the 2023 competition. However, he is unlikely to remain in the role during the World Cup.

Good friends

Jones and Hansen are good friends and were on opposite sides of the coaching box when the former’s Barbarians outfit defeated the latter’s World XV side 48-42 at Twickenham.

“Eddie is a rugby man through and through, he loves the game. He’s quirky … and he has a massive work ethic,” Hansen told the Herald in May.

“But underneath it all he cares about the game and the people who are involved in it. He is a good analyst of the game. He has the ability to bring a group together pretty quickly.

“I just enjoy his company. I like talking rugby with him and he has a good sense of humour as well. He likes a beer and a punt, and so do I.”

Jones said that Hansen is a “great coach”, before adding: “He’s a great rugby man. He will go down as one of the greatest All Blacks coaches. He always looks to see what’s best for the game.”

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