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Just days after being branded a ‘traitor’ by an SCG patron, Eddie Jones could yet join the Wallabies coaching structure ahead of Australia’s 2027 Men’s World Cup.
After overseeing England’s 2-1 win over the Wallabies Down Under, it’s understood talks are taking place with Jones to try to lure him home after next year’s World Cup.
But no appointment will be made until 2024, with Rugby Australia (RA) having committed Dave Rennie to take the Wallabies to next year’s tournament in France.
If the Wallabies exceed expectations and make it to the final, the New Zealand manager, who has a winning record of 39 per cent at the start of his third year as Australia coach, could still be offered a deal. a contract extension.
But he could end up reporting to Jones, who is set to be appointed RA’s Director of Rugby (DOR).
Jones is contracted until the World Cup with the Rugby Football Union until the World Cup, where England hope to do better after losing in the 2019 World Cup final against South Africa – the nation with which the Australian won the tournament in 2007.
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The role of DOR had already been created by Rugby Australia at the end of 2018 in order to keep Michael Cheika in line after three disastrous years following their surprising run to the World Cup final in 2015.
Then-CEO Raelene Castle agreed to Cheika staying but only if he had to run for a new DOR, with Scott Johnson agreeing to move from Scotland Rugby to Rugby Australia after the 2019 Six Nations.
The move blew up in their faces, Cheika and Castle’s relationship soured even further and culminated in a public spat at a reception in Tokyo during the World Cup.
Cheika resigned following his quarter-final departure against England from Jones at the 2019 World Cup and Johnson, after years of negative headlines and turmoil between Rugby Australia’s Super Rugby franchises and the DOR, did not did not get a contract extension after 2022.
The role has since transitioned to a more administrative role, with Peter Conde taking over as performance director.
But it can be confirmed that Jones, who led England to their second victory in three games against the Wallabies in Australia on Saturday, is back in the frame to make a remarkable comeback to Australian rugby.
Jones, having won Down Under to continue his stranglehold on the Wallabies after winning 10 of 11 Tests against his former nation since taking charge in 2016, is strongly considered to take over as DOR after completing his tenure as eight years with England after the next World Cup of the year.
Sources close to the situation have confirmed that Rugby Australia want to bring the Australian manager back in his place.
It is understood the governing body believe he is the ideal person to oversee the Wallabies ahead of the Men’s World Cup on home soil in Australia in 2027.
Jones oversaw the Wallabies’ run to the World Cup final the last time Australia hosted the tournament and his experience is much appreciated.
There is also a sense Australian rugby has strayed from its DNA and Jones, who last year was inducted into the Randwick Hall of Fame and has spent the past week at his former home at Coogee Oval, is exactly the figure to mentor the next generation of coaches and execute rule on the Wallabies.
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Jones remained in Australia and is spending the week in Melbourne, where he is continuing his coaching education spending time with Melbourne Storm and AFL clubs.
When asked why he was spending the week in Melbourne, Jones said he was “trying to become a better coach”.
“I think the AFL are particularly good at communicating with their players,” he said.
“They have them for 24 weeks. So keeping the message fresh, understanding the relationships, and the Melbourne Storm are the toughest (NRL) team I’ve seen, so we can always learn from them.
“So it’s great for us to be able to spend the week there and really try to improve our training because we want to improve as coaches. We always ask players to improve, so we have to be models. We will have a good week.
Ahead of England’s 21-17 victory over the Wallabies, former World Cup winner Simon Poidevin said RA should “absolutely” try to lure Jones into Australian rugby.
“He’s done things for rugby in the world that no one else has done,” Poidevin told foxsports.com.au.
“What he did for Japan in 2015 people will always remember as one of the great games of rugby (Japan beat the Springboks).
“And done with such precision and such style, and it all came from incredibly hard and grueling work and only the Japanese mindset could withstand the training regimen that Eddie put them through, but it did it.
“People think of his accomplishments, but he fought adversity through situations and he rebuilt himself and came on again.
“You look at the Queensland Reds era, it was a bit of a disaster. But he picks himself up, goes back and learns his lessons.
“He had a terrible experience at Saracens. But you look at the history of what he’s done with the Brumbies, Australia, then South Africa and Japan and now England, man oh man there’s huge achievements there but he is coming back from some huge setbacks”.
Glen Ella, who coached alongside Jones in 2003 and later with England in 2016 and 2017, also said Australian rugby could benefit from the respected coach’s return to the game.
“He’s definitely a character. That’s what we need,” Ella said.
“We need more people to say what they think, even if they are frank.”