Speculation grows linking England to Jones

Date published: November 17 2015

Bookmakers in the UK have slashed odds on Eddie Jones becoming the next England head coach, fuelling speculation that he is in line to take over.

Jones recently took up a post in Super Rugby with the Stormers after his heroics with Japan at the recent Rugby World Cup, when the Brave Blossoms won three games.

The 55-year-old was only unveiled by the Stormers last week, to plenty of fanfare in Cape Town.

Jones previously coached Australia to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final and was part of the South African coaching staff who lifted the trophy in 2007.

With several other names recently ruling themselves out, including Australia boss Michael Cheika and Northampton head coach Jim Mallinder, Jones would now appear to be a major contender based on a high number of bets backing him to take charge of England being put down on Monday.

Montpellier boss Jake White has publicly declared his interest in the role and for now appears to be the only other serious option.

Jones ruled himself out of taking over as England head coach at his opening press conference in Cape Town, but with RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie suggesting that money would not be a factor when it came to England securing their number one target, more developments are expected in the coming days.