Eddie Jones has been linked with a return to Australia since being sacked by England and confirmed he was in talks with other federations; “It’s not about coaching an English opponent,” he added. “I want to add to the game.”
Last Updated: 12/21/22 10:06 am
Former England rugby coach Eddie Jones confirmed he has received outreach from other federations since being sacked and insisted he would not do “anything different”. during his tenure.
Jones was fired earlier this month but has been linked with other roles, and RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney admitted he would be “surprised” if the Australian did not coach one of Britain’s rivals at World Cup next year.
Jones confirmed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I have spoken to many people in different organizations about their possibility of joining the group over the next 24 months.
“I’ve had conversations with other federations.”
Jones, 62, believes he has “one more job” but says coaching an opponent “is not the most important thing”.
“I believe I have coached well in England and I want to continue coaching,” he said. “This is not coaching an English opponent, I want to add to the game.
“As you get older, you just want to put things in a better place and I just want to share the great experience I’ve had, especially with the players and the coaching team.
“At the end of the day what we want to see are great rugby games and if you get the chance to be a part of that then you’re exceptionally lucky.”
Jones has been closely linked with his return to Australia, whom he coached from 2001 to 2005. When asked about talks with Rugby Australia, he replied: “Never believe these guys. what you read in the newspaper.”
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It was England’s form in 2022, their worst result in 14 years, that saw Jones sacked by the RFU earlier than expected after an anonymous panel of experts reviewed the Autumn series Nations made a strong impression.
But Jones said he still believes England is “on the right track” before he leaves.
“I wouldn’t do anything different,” Jones said.
“I’m pretty confident that we’re on the right track, leading to the World Cup. And I still have that belief. But if others don’t share that, that’s their decision.”
Jones was fired by the RFU on December 6 and replaced by former assistant Steve Borthwick.
“I can feel the change of the wind,” Jones added. “You know, when you’ve been a coach for a while, you feel your support start to wane. I feel like that’s going to happen.
Jones leaves the position with the highest win record of any England manager at 73%, but that number drops to 42% in a dismal 2022 with six losses, one draw and five wins.
A Grand Slam, Six Nations title and one World Cup final were among Jones’ early successes, but after Japan 2019, his win rate dropped to 65.
“We had a plan to peak at the World Cup and unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to do it,” Jones said.
“I don’t have any regrets with what I did.”