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Eddie Jones leaves the Stormers to be appointed new England Head Coach

Eddie Jones leaves the Stormers to be appointed new England Head Coach
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After much speculation following England’s poor Rugby World Cup and the stepping down of Stuart Lancaster, former Japan coach Eddie Jones has today been confirmed as new England Head Coach. Jones will take over in December, starting a four-year contract.

*UPDATE: New interview with Jones talking about the new England role at the bottom of this post

Jones arrived in Cape Town recently to take up a role with the Stormers ahead of next year’s Super Rugby tournament. Reports that he was in talks with the RFU were denied, but today it has been confirmed that before coaching the Stormers to a single match, he will be leaving.

Australian Jones has had a long and successful coaching career, winning trophies both domestically and internationally, having also spent time coaching in England.

His first major piece of silverware came in 2001 after leading the ACT Brumbies to their first Super 12 title and in doing so becoming the first side other than a New Zealand team to win the tournament.

He took charge of the Wallabies between 2001 and 2005 and delivered Tri Nations and Bledisloe Cup success. The national side reached the 2003 Rugby World Cup final on home soil, losing narrowly to England.

After spells with the Queensland Reds and Saracens, the 55 year old took up a technical advisor role with the Springboks in 2007 helping the South Africans win their second World Cup having beaten England twice, once in the pool stages and then again in the final.

He later became Director of Rugby at Saracens until 2009 and then coached the Japanese club side Suntory Sungoliath.

Jones returned to the international arena in 2011 as Head Coach for Japan where his mother was born. His achievements included arguably the biggest shock in Rugby World Cup history when his side beat South Africa 34-32 in the dying moments of their opening match of the tournament this year.

Japan went on to win three of their four pool matches and their performance saw them move into the top ten of the world rankings.  Following the tournament he was appointed Head Coach of the South African Super franchise, The Stormers, before agreeing terms with the RFU.

Jones in Cape Town, just last week

Eddie Jones said: “Firstly my thanks must go to Rob Wagner and everyone at Western Province Rugby for understanding my decision and allowing me to return to the international stage so quickly.  The opportunity to take the reins in possibly the world’s most high profile international rugby job doesn’t come along every day however, and I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity.

“I’m now looking forward to working with the RFU and the players to move beyond the disappointment England suffered at the World Cup and hope to build a new team that will reflect the level of talent that exists within the English game. I believe the future is bright for England.”

RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie said: “We promised to recruit a coach with proven international experience and we have done that.  Eddie is a world-class coach, with extensive experience at the highest level with Australia, South Africa and Japan.

“We believe that the appointment, which was unanimously approved by the RFU Board, is the right one to bring England success in the short, medium and long term.

“We are confident Eddie can build on the strong foundations already laid, with this talented group of players largely remaining together through to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and beyond. We are grateful to the Stormers for their co-operation in releasing Eddie early from his contract.”

Jones will be in charge when England play their opening Six Nations match against Scotland at Murrayfield in Edinburgh on February 6th.



12 Comments

  • rugbydump
    1:03 PM 25/11/2015

    Genius Joe

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  • jimmy23
    11:47 AM 21/11/2015

    For his captaincy and at 7 definitely. If he was left to just concentrating on playing his game at 6 as opposed to playing out of position and being in charge of the team, he might do much better.

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  • drg
    11:13 AM 21/11/2015

    Hahaha... What a bloke. I just think it sounds a little ominous for Robshaw...

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  • jimmy23
    8:41 AM 21/11/2015

    4:52, Joe Marler advertises it here in his own unique way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8LmKN27rc8

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  • drg
    12:43 AM 21/11/2015

    "Chris has got a nice cafe in Winchester. Fantastic coffee. Best coffee in England. Imight grab him for a coffee down there," said Jones.... Does this sound ominous to anyone else? Eddie Jones talking about meeting Robshaw... Sounds to me like "I'm gonna cut the bloke loose, but I don't want him to suffer as a result, so I'll throw a little free advertising his way...".... I for one did not know Robshaw had a coffee place, if I'm ever near Winchester I might try and check it out...

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  • drg
    9:22 PM 20/11/2015

    I suppose that is ultimately the worry for any rugby fan (not just England fans, although I'm sure they will be the most worried) and that is to have a coach who is more a mid level manager, he still has to run everything past the boss and the shareholders etc... EJ comes across as the kind of guy that needs the final word and I suspect will not get on well if the 'business' known as the RFU gets too involved..

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  • drg
    9:19 PM 20/11/2015

    Oh don't get me wrong, I think Eddie Jones may have the ability to put England back on the radar again (well, I guess they'll always be on the radar.. but yeh..), it's an amusing step. I hope England sorts themselves out, it was quite disappointed to see them fail at the world cup, especially seeing as everyone (who I spoke to, and on here) seemed to be questioning all the selections BEFORE the game for EXACTLY the reasons they failed IN the game... Maybe we're all a collective group of coaches... hahaha.. I don't like seeing any nations slip below the standard they really should be at. I know it's arrogant for anyone to assume that any team should be at a certain place in the world, (Japan v SA...) however you expect teams to either go further than they are, or stay within a certain train track of form... for instance NZ have been epic, you'd expect them to perhaps slip to semi finalists in the future at the WORST... but not end up in a "can't make it out of the pool stages" type of team... Of course the above statement may be true currently, but as teams getting better funding, better awareness, I suspect things will change and there will be a very small difference between the majority of top tier teams...

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  • 10stonenumber10
    6:21 PM 20/11/2015

    It can only be a good thing. England need an outside influence. Lancaster was a quality coach marred by selection issues, with a nation expecting him to turn Lead into Gold, it was never going to end well. Given 2 more years he may have been able to build a positive game plan, but with the resources available the only option was damage limitation. Players need to do what they do, not just worry about the opposition.

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  • eddie-g
    4:11 PM 20/11/2015

    I have a soft spot for the Stormers, so more than a bit disappointed by this news. But not surprised, there's no way the Stormers could compete with what England will have offered. And, ultimately, guys like Eddie Jones want to coach international teams. I'm very interested though to see who he brings in to his coaching team. He's a very good coach, but he is also, it seems to me, a guy who tends to fit into whatever system he's presented with. Anyway, if he does bring in a raft of new faces, that'll be a sign that we're looking at a bit more of a RFU overhaul. And might also give some clues of the direction he wants to take the England team in.

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  • drg
    2:16 PM 20/11/2015

    Must be one of those exceptional circumstances that the RFU goes on about for players...

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  • 10stonenumber10
    1:54 PM 20/11/2015

    So... I take it my application for England head coach was unsuccessful? Southern Hemisphere wizardry. If this man can take a "2nd tier" team to victory over the Springboks, anything is possible. Who knows... England might even start using their backs!

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  • jimmy23
    11:55 AM 20/11/2015

    Feel for the Stormers, but at the same time very happy that we got him. Could take some time but I get a sense with the talent we have coming up that he'll get the best out of them. Look forward to seeing the effect he has.

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