Eddie Jones gives timeframe for coaching return after disastrous Wallabies stint

Colin Newboult
Eddie Jones before Barbarians' clash with Wales in 2023.

Eddie Jones before Barbarians' clash with Wales in 2023.

Former Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones has confirmed that several parties are interested in his services and therefore expects to be back coaching by early next year.

The 63-year-old is currently without a job after resigning as Australia boss following a disastrous stint in charge, which saw him win just two matches – against Georgia and Portugal.

They exited the Rugby World Cup at the pool stage for the first time ever, while it was reported that Jones had held a Zoom interview with Japanese officials, with a view to taking over at the Brave Blossoms, just prior to the global tournament.

January target

“Obviously I want to coach,” he told The Australian. “I’m looking for a job now.

“If Japan did come knocking, I’d definitely chat to them, and I’ve had a couple of other countries approach me.

“There’s a club in Europe interested, so I would expect by January I’ll be working again.”

Jones once again addressed the Japan links and this time was far more open in his response, stating that he had “no formal talks,” but that “discussions take place”.

“All this stuff about Japan like, why would I take the youngest squad to the World Cup? So we had the youngest team in the World Cup, right, why would I do that? Why would I do that if I had no intention of staying on?” he said.

“I am not an idiot – I had the intention of staying on.

“I’ve had no formal talks with them (Japan), everyone knows that discussions take place, like I’ve had a discussion this morning with the club, and that doesn’t mean I’m taking the job as well, that doesn’t mean I’m being disloyal to what I’m doing now.

“Because there’s agents in the world that are continually ringing up. They make money by connecting people. I haven’t done anything formal. I haven’t done anything untoward at all or had a formal approach in Japan … nothing’s changed in that regard.

“I’m looking for a job now, like I’m unemployed now. So yeah, I need to look for a job, and if that’s a sin … then that’s a terrible thing I am doing.”

A better coach

Jones is approaching his mid-60s but insists that he has no intention of retiring and, in fact, believes that he has improved as a coach.

That is despite taking the Wallabies to their worst-ever result at a World Cup, which included their heaviest defeat at a global tournament when they lost to Wales, 40-6.

“As long as I’ve got the energy to do it, I’ll keep doing it [coaching],” he added.

“But as you know, in terms of experience and learning, the older you get, the better the coach you are. I am a much better coach than I was this time last year.

“I’ve learnt a lot from Australia. I’ve learned some things I shouldn’t have done, some things I didn’t do well and I’ll be a better coach in the next job that I do.”

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