Before this 12 months’s Rugby World Cup had even kicked off Eddie Jones lashed out at reporters, declaring he was fed up with the road of questioning concerning the crew’s prospects.
“I can’t believe the level of negativity here boys,” he stated on the time.
“You’re so bloody negative about everything.”
But now the Wallabies have already been despatched packing from the World Cup earlier than the knockout stage for the primary time and Jones is reportedly set to give up as head coach.
Multiple experiences, each in Australia and abroad, declare Jones is predicted to take over as Jamie Joseph’s successor and shall be named Japan’s subsequent head coach.
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Even Japanese sports activities newspaper Sponichi has reported the news, claiming president of the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU), Masato Tsuchida, reached out to Jones in spring.
“Contract negotiations have been held privately behind the scenes, and preparations are underway for (his) return (for the first time) since the 2015 World Cup, which led them to a historic three wins,” the report learn.
It adopted a report from The Sydney Morning Herald final month which alleged Jones held a secret Zoom interview with the JRFU earlier than the beginning of the World Cup.
Jones denied that report and was additionally adamant ideas he had been “negotiating” with JRFU officers had been “bulls*** and gossip”.
“I am 100 per cent committed to the job and I’ve said that previously,” Jones advised reporters in France in the course of the World Cup.
“I haven’t applied for a job for a long time. Someone has a story and they are running with it.
“The only thing I can say is I’m committed to coach Australia. And there’s the other side of the coin that Australian Rugby who make the decision after this World Cup, whether they want to keep me or not, and that’s up to them.
“Whatever goes on, I’ve come back to help Australian rugby. So if I become an issue, then I’ll have to go. I’m pretty even-tempered about it.”
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Rugby Australia (RA) chairman, Hamish McLennan, stated he could be “surprised and disappointed” if Jones left the Wallabies. Jones is contracted with RA till the tip of their residence World Cup in 2027.
“My understanding all along is that wherever he is in the world, Japan would take him back in some capacity in a heartbeat so there is a standing offer there to take him,” McLennan advised the UK’s Telegraph Sport, who additionally reported news of Jones’ impending exit on Wednesday.
“We have asked him if he interviewed with Japan, and he has categorically denied it on a number of occasions, so we take him at his word.”
That is in line with experiences that even earlier than signing with Rugby Australia, there was at all times the understanding JRFU was open to Jones returning to the function.
As for who might substitute Jones, Peter FitzSimons wrote in a column for The Sydney Morning Herald that he “would beg Robbie Deans to come back”.
“He is accomplished, understands Australian rugby, and is everything that Eddie is not: cool-headed, inclined to stability in team selections, and extremely well-liked by everyone in the media,” FitzSimons wrote.
“He is currently coaching in Japan, so if they got Eddie and we got Robbie there would be a certain symmetry to it.”
World Cup winner Stephen Larkham, Michael Cheika and former Wallabies assistant coach Dan McKellar are amongst different names prone to be floated ought to the function be vacated by Jones as is predicted.