Eddie Jones backs change to Wallabies coaching structure after World Cup

David Skippers
Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones during a press conference.

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones during a press conference.

After an underwhelming Rugby World Cup campaign, Eddie Jones revealed that it is “up to others” in terms of deciding his future as the Wallabies’ head coach.

Although they have sealed victories over Georgia and Portugal, the two-time world champions suffered defeats against Fiji and Wales which leaves them on the brink of being knocked out ahead of the global showpiece’s quarter-finals for the first time in the tournament’s 36-year history.

Wallabies’ World Cup fate in Fiji’s hands

Fiji need just one point from their final Pool C match against Portugal in Toulouse on Sunday to advance to the knockout rounds from the group with table-toppers Wales in the quarter-finals.

The Wallabies‘ poor overall performance at the World Cup has led to intense speculation about Jones’ position, with a Rugby Australia World Cup review likely to take place in November.

When asked during a media briefing in Saint-Etienne on Friday whether he wanted to stay on as head coach, Jones said: “I’ve signed a contract and I will do the (Rugby Australia) review and then it is up to others to decide.

“I just stand by the fact that I take full responsibility. I feel like I’ve given the team the opportunity to get better and, as I have repeatedly said, the results don’t show that, but I think we are.

“I am not comfortable with the results, but I am comfortable with the way we’ve gone about this campaign, if that makes sense.

“We came in with the understanding it’s a nine-month job, see what we could do and then everyone will sit down and have a look at what we’ve done, where we want to go and make a decision then what we need going forward.

“There will be some sort of Rugby Australia review in November, I believe, so at the end of that will be the opportunity to start moving forward.”

Jones was also asked about the need for a high performance director to be brought in following the Wallabies’ World Cup demise.

In favour of a high performance director

“There is a need for someone to be looking after tomorrow. That is really important,” he added.

“You know, the national coach looks after today and there is a need for someone to be strategic about planning what is needed for Australian rugby to be sustainably successful.

“And that is where you need a high-performance director. What role he has with the national team is something that needs to be discussed, but someone absolutely responsible for what is happening tomorrow is vital.”

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