‘No time for them, mate’ – Ex-England boss Eddie Jones on his dislike for the other Home Nations

Colin Newboult
Former England and Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones.

Former England and Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones.

Former England boss Eddie Jones insists that there is no chance his next coaching role will be with the British and Irish Lions.

The 63-year-old is currently unemployed after leaving the Wallabies following a disastrous Rugby World Cup, which saw them eliminated at the pool stages.

Jones is keen to return to international coaching and has been linked with Japan, but his future is still up in the air.

He was asked whether he would consider a role with the British and Irish Lions, which of course contains England and the other Home Nations – Ireland, Scotland or Wales – and his response was rather terse.

“I like the English”

“No interest, mate,” Jones said on The Bye Round podcast. “I like the English, I liked coaching the English (but) I’ve got no time for the rest of them.

“No time for them, mate.”

Jones is rarely popular with opposition supporters due to his outspoken nature, but he particularly upset Wales and Ireland during his time with England.

During a speech in 2017, he described the former as a “little s**t place” and referred to the latter as “the scummy Irish”.

Those comments came to light two weeks after he was abused by Scotland supporters following England’s Calcutta Cup defeat in 2018.

Next role

His coaching future is therefore likely to be away from the home unions, with Jones stating his desire to continue in international rugby.

“Given the disappointment of this job, it’s probably the first time I’ve decided I just need to sit back now,” he said.

“I’ve been basically coaching since ’96. I’m just gonna sit back and if someone offers me a job I’ll have to make sure it’s the right job and if it is then I’ll give it a go.

“I’d like to keep coaching internationally, I don’t think I want to go back and coach club.

“If there’s not (an opportunity), I’ve been a consultant for Suntory since 1996 so it’s the longest relationship ever. I’ll go back, I’ll start doing a bit with them in Japan and then just wait and see mate.”

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