England boss Eddie Jones has landed himself a post-World Cup gig as the Australian has agreed to coach the Barbarians in the November 16 match at Twickenham versus Fiji.
The game will be the first major representative match to be staged in the UK following the finals in Japan where Jones will be hoping to lead England to their first global triumph since 2003.
Jones said: “It’s a huge honour to be invited to coach the Barbarians. The club perfectly embodies the values and traditions of the sport and fans can expect to see an exciting match between two sides who like to play end-to-end running rugby.
“This is a massive year for international rugby and I’m looking forward to returning to Twickenham after a successful World Cup campaign to coach a Barbarians team containing some of the stars of the tournament.”
It will be Jones’ first time coaching the famous invitation side after a 25-year career that has seen him work with some of the world’s best players.
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He took Australia to the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, played a crucial role in securing the 2007 Rugby World Cup for South Africa as part of Jake White’s coaching staff, and then coached England to their first Six Nations Grand Slam title for 13 years in 2016 less than a year after helping Japan shock South Africa at the World Cup.
The Australian also worked alongside White as assistant coach for the Barbarians when they played Australia in 2008 in the first rugby match to be held at the new Wembley Stadium.
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Jones will lead a Baa-Baas team containing a number of this year’s Rugby World Cup stars, who will pull on the famous black and white shirt to play a Fiji side with some of the most skilled players in the game.
The last time the two teams met at Twickenham in November 2013, more than 68,000 fans were treated to a spectacle of running rugby where the Barbarians stole the show in an electric 43-19 win.
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