October 22, 2016

Eddie Jones to be named as England coach

Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones is set to become England’s first foreign head coach on Friday, reports BBC.
The Australian, 55, finalised the details of his appointment with Rugby Football Union chief Ian Ritchie during a meeting in London on Thursday.

Former Australia and Japan coach Jones had needed to secure his release from a “long-term contract” with South African franchise the Stormers.

Jones succeeds Stuart Lancaster, who left the job after England’s failed 2015 World Cup campaign.
Former England captain Steve Borthwick could be brought in as part of Jones’ coaching team. He is under contract as forwards coach at Bristol and worked with Jones at Saracens and Japan.

Jones has been the frontrunner from the beginning of the recruitment process and will be among the highest paid rugby coaches in the world.

South African Jake White – who brought in Jones as a consultant during his World Cup winning campaign with the Springboks in 2007 – had also been under consideration.

However, White said on Thursday: “I have a contract with Montpellier. I’m not going to change, I’m staying here.”

Jones was only appointed as the new Stormers head coach in September after leading Japan to the World Cup in England, during which they recorded a famous victory over South Africa in the pool stage.

He fits Ritchie’s desire to appoint a man with “proven international experience”.

The RFU are keen to have a core of English assistants working under Jones.

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