Tuesday 25 July 2017

Rugby: Former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones wants to be next England coach

EDDIE Jones, the former Wallabies coach, became the latest big name to jostle for position as England seek a new coach following Martin Johnson's resignation.

At a packed Twickenham press conference yesterday, Johnson decided to stand down after presiding over England's disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign, which ended with a quarter-final defeat to France.



Jones, who expressed an interest just hours after Nick Mallett informed Telegraph Sport that he was ruling himself out of contention, insisted the rewards of getting England back on track were ''enormous'' with the 2015 World Cup being played on home soil.



He said: ''You'd always be interested in coaching England.



''It has got a fantastic domestic competition, very, very good players and you have just got to get the right programme in place and they should be good enough to win the next World Cup.''



Jones led the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final, where they were beaten by the England team captained by Johnson, and helped coach South Africa to victory four years later.



At a packed Twickenham press conference yesterday, Johnson decided to stand down after presiding over England's disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign, which ended with a quarter-final defeat to France.



Jones, who expressed an interest just hours after Nick Mallett informed Telegraph Sport that he was ruling himself out of contention, insisted the rewards of getting England back on track were ''enormous'' with the 2015 World Cup being played on home soil.



He said: ''You'd always be interested in coaching England.



''It has got a fantastic domestic competition, very, very good players and you have just got to get the right programme in place and they should be good enough to win the next World Cup.''



Jones led the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final, where they were beaten by the England team captained by Johnson, and helped coach South Africa to victory four years later.



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