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Eddie Jones linked with huge eight-year deal after England job

By Josh Raisey
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England head coach Eddie Jones is close to signing an eight-year deal with the United States after his current contract expires at the end of the Rugby World Cup.

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Reports in The Sydney Morning Herald on Monday say USA Rugby are hoping to recruit the Australian until the 2031 World Cup on home soil. This is despite filing for bankruptcy only two years ago. They have also failed to reach the upcoming World Cup in France after drawing with Portugal on Friday in the in the last match of the Final Qualification Tournament in Dubai.

USA Rugby face stiff competition from Georgia to sign the two-time World Cup finalist, however, according to the Herald. Jones of course has an impressive record with tier two nations having masterminded the ‘Miracle in Brighton’ in the 2015 World Cup when Japan defeated South Africa. Jones built the foundations for further success under Jamie Joseph, as the Brave Blossoms reached the quarter-finals of their own World Cup four years later.

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These reports cool any speculation that Jones might be returning to Australia following his eight-year tenure with England, be it with Rugby Australia or with a code switch to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL, which he flirted with when England toured Australia in July.

Meanwhile, the search for Jones’ successor at the helm of England continues, with Crusaders coach Scott Robertson emerging as a frontrunner. England will have to fend off competition from the All Blacks for the former All Black’s signature though.

For now Jones is unlikely to become embroiled in this speculation as he still has another year left with England with a lot of rugby left to be played. His attention will be firmly on South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday, which will be the final game of 2022 for both sides.

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Morne 9 hours ago
Thanks but no thanks, the All Blacks do not need to copy the Boks

Some further observations: Most Rugby lovers I know agree that the AB’s have been the gold standard for as long as anyone can remember - very few people disagree. The odd time that any other team has some sort of ascendency - there are always those (albeit the minority) NZ supporters that need to remind us of the AB’s glorious gold standard that anyone winning them is only down to a mixture of pure luck or some or other sinister reason or bias from match officials (or indeed the Universe). For reasons mentioned above, any other team with some ascendency over the AB’s (even if it is the 1st time in 100 years) may not receive a pat on the back and a well-done - as they only did so out of pure luck. In my opinion, if the Boks were in the same realm as the AB’s SF opponents - they would have been smashed also - whether with 14 or 13 or 12 players. But remember they were just “lucky”. As a Bok supporter, I will say this team has done our proud - despite losing some games along the way. Like the AB’s, the games the boks lose are 9/10 times one score games - this is a long way from hidings like 57 - 0…And in that we must be proud. Most of these type of articles - especially those focusing on the RWC final rather conveniently leave out any mention of Pieter Steph du Toit, or even Eben Etzebeth who won all their collusions all day long. So to those very very few bad loser AB supporters out there (definitely the minority) - I’ll say what you want to hear - the AB’s are without any doubt the best Rugby brand ever. They have consistently achieved what all other teams can only dream of. And no doubt they will scale those heights again. Now what about allowing others the odd ray of sunlight that comes our way?

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