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‘Start doing a bit with them in Japan’: Eddie Jones opens up on coaching future

By Finn Morton
Eddie Jones, the Australia head coach looks on during the 2023 Summer International match between France and Australia at Stade de France on August 27, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Two months on from the Wallabies’ disastrous pool stage exit at the Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones has opened up about his future plans after resigning as Australia’s head coach last month.

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Speculation, discussion and even widespread disappointment from fans have followed Jones since a disastrously unforgettable September night at Lyon’s OL Stadium.

Sitting in the press conference room after the Wallabies’ record 40-6 World Cup defeat to Wales, Jones was asked about a reported interview with Japan for their soon-to-be vacant head coach role.

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Jones denied it – and has continued to do so for months.

At the end of October, Jones poured fuel onto the fire by stepping away from his role as the Wallabies’ boss just 10 months into a lucrative five-year deal with Rugby Australia. That caused quite a stir.

But weeks have come and gone and Jones remains a free agent.

The 63-year-old doesn’t seem concerned at all, though. In a recent interview with former NRL star James Graham, a smiling Eddie Jones reveals he’s happy to just “sit back” and see what happens.

“Given the disappointment of this job, it’s probably the first time I’ve decided I just need to sit back now,” Jones said on James Graham’s The Bye Round Podcast.

“I’ve been basically coaching since ’96. I’m just gonna sit back and if someone offers me a job I’ll have to make sure it’s the right job and if it is then I’ll give it a go.

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“I’d like to keep coaching internationally, I don’t think I want to go back and coach club.

“If there’s not (an opportunity), I’ve been a consultant for Suntory since 1996 so it’s the longest relationship ever. I’ll go back, I’ll start doing a bit with them in Japan and then just wait and see mate.”

But one team Jones won’t be coaching for sure is the British and Irish Lions. The Lions are set to tour Australia in 2025, and while it would make for box office television if Jones was spearheading their campaign against the Wallabies, it doesn’t look like it’ll happen.

After a successful stint with England, the Rugby World Cup-winning consultant told Graham – who is a former England rugby league international – that he has “no time” for the other home unions.

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“No interest, mate,” Jones said.

“I like the English, I liked coaching the English (but) I’ve got no time for the rest of them.

“No time for them, mate.”

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Eabn 8 hours ago
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Who cares - boring is good when it comes to Media - they don’t bug you as much. While the focus is on the resurrection of the Wallabies, don’t forget the grass roots - Any opportunity you have to visit, train or promote Rugby down here in Melbourne / Regional is pretty much imperative given the current situation with the Rebels. I’m talking about us grass roots clubs and more so, clubs in the West of Melbourne who are being absolutely smashed by Rugby League and who have been contributing directly to the game down here long before the Rebels emerged and no doubt will do so well after they may be gone. All I have heard is all about the elite level, not the grass roots level so while the talk is about “ The Wallabies” and “Super Rugby Pacific” get back to the roots of Union and include us in your plans. So Phil Waugh and those leaders within RugbyAustralia, it’s on you to ensure the bottom feeders, so to speak, are included in all the talk and the funding if you want Union to regain ground and more respect within the Union and also the broader sporting fraternity. Given you have been in Melbourne a number off times over the last month, extending the courtesy of having a meet and greet with Victorian grass root clubs eluded you for some reason. Do we count or matter in RA’s and yours bigger picture?? Ean Drummond - Club Founder/President - Wyndham City Rhinos RUFC Inc. Hoppers Crossing, Melbourne.

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