International: How Eddie Jones and Wayne Pivac’s win ratios stack up to their rivals

Jared Wright
Former England head coach Eddie Jones and former Wales head coach Wayne Pivac

Following Eddie Jones and Wayne Pivac’s dismissals, we look at how the pair’s win ratios compare to their fellow tier one rivals.

An unprecedented week saw both England and Wales sack their head coaches nine months out from the Rugby World Cup in France. 

While Wales have moved swiftly to welcome Warren Gatland back into the head coach role, England have named Richard Cockerill as the interim head coach, with Steve Borthwick likely to take over before the Six Nations.

We have ranked all the Six Nations and Rugby Championship head coaches’ win ratios since the last Rugby World Cup or since they took charge. 

= 10. Dave Rennie – Australia

Dave Rennie replaced Michael Cheika as the Wallabies‘ head coach after their quarter-finals exit at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

The New Zealander has yet to get things to click for the Wallabies suffering 18 defeats in 34 Test matches with three draws.

2022 ended with a remarkable come-from-behind win over Wales, but Rennie’s charges had fallen to defeats at the hands of France, Italy and Ireland before that final win.

His 13 wins from 34 Tests leaves him with a win ratio of 38%.

= 10. Wayne Pivac – Wales

Pivac’s record is the joint-lowest since the Rugby World Cup, making further vindicating the Welsh Rugby Union’s decision to show him the door.

The New Zealander’s record since taking over from Warren Gatland – the man who will now replace him – is dismal, losing more Tests than he won. 

In 2022, Pivac’s side won just three times, adding to his ten between 2020 and 2021. 

He lost 20 times, won just 13 and drew one for a win ratio of 38%. 

8. Michael Cheika – Argentina

Cheika took over from Mario Ledesma at the start of the year and has already claimed a few big scalps knocking over New Zealand and England.

The Australian also claimed his first Test win over his fellow countryman Eddie Jones, something he had not done with the Wallabies.

In his first 12 tests in charge of the Pumas, Chieka has won five and lost seven, finishing 2022 with a win ratio of 42%.

7. Kieran Crowley – Italy

Kieran Crowley replaced Franco Smith last year and has taken charge of 14 Test matches since.

The New Zealander led his side to famous victories over Wales and Australia but also oversaw Italy‘s first-ever defeat to Georgia.

So far, Crowley has won six of his 14 Tests for a win ratio of 43%.

6. Gregor Townsend – Scotland

It was a seesaw year for Scotland, who ended 2022 with five wins from 12 Tests.

Locking in the Calcutta Cup for another year will have pleased the fans, while there were positives to be taken away from the performance against the All Blacks.

Townsend took over as Scotland’s head coach in 2017 and retained the role despite missing out on the knockout stages of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

Since the tournament in Japan, Townsend has overseen 30 Scotland Test matches, winning 14 for a win ratio of 47%.

= 5. Eddie Jones – England

The Australian has been relieved of his duties after a dismal Autumn Nations Series consisting of one win over Japan, a draw against New Zealand and losses to Argentina and South Africa.

Jones ends his tenure with the best winning ratio of any England head coach in history at 73%.

Since the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Jones has taken charge of 31 test matches, winning 19, losing 11 and drawing one for a win ratio of 62%. 

However, his five wins from 12 Tests in 2022 ultimately cost him.

= 5. Jacques Nienbar – South Africa

It was a seesaw year for the Springboks, with Nienaber’s charges winning eight of thier 13 tests, including wins over Wales, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, and England paired with narrow defeats to France and Ireland in November.

The former Springbok defence coach only started his tenure as head coach in 2021, meaning his side has played just 26 test matches since the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

His 16 wins and ten losses leaves him with a win ratio of 62%. 

3. Ian Foster – New Zealand

The All Blacks head coach looks to have avoided the sack after an underwhelming 2022 season. 

After a maiden series defeat in New Zealand against Ireland, Foster was under pressure but bounced back to win the Rugby Championship. 

His side was on a six-game winning run before ending the year with a draw at Twickenham.

In his 34 Test matches to date, Foster has won 23, lost nine and drawn two for a win ratio of 67%.

2. Andy Farrell – Ireland

Since taking over from Joe Schmidt after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Andy Farrell has taken Ireland back to the top of the World Rugby rankings.

He has overseen 30 Test matches and was lost just seven times, falling to the likes of France, England, and New Zealand.

Ireland lost just two Tests all year, going down to the All Blacks and France but did claim a historic series victory in New Zealand.

He enters 2023 with a 77% win ratio.

1. Fabien Galthié – France

France‘s win over South Africa this Autumn meant that Galthié has now defeated every tier one nation since taking over as Les Bleus head coach.

Their third and final win over Japan in 2022 saw them complete a perfect year, winning all 10 of their Test matches, adding further shine on a year where they claimed their first Six Nations Grand Slam in over a decade. 

Galthié ends the year with a 79% win ratio since taking over after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

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