Eddie Jones was named by Japan as their new head coach on Wednesday, six weeks after the Australian give up the Wallabies following their dismal exhibiting on the Rugby World Cup.
Jones beforehand coached Japan for 3 years from 2012 and led them to their historic win over South Africa on the 2015 World Cup.
Speculation was rife that he would return after Australian media reported that he had interviewed for the job throughout the Wallabies’ World Cup marketing campaign in France.
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The pugnacious 63-year-old repeatedly denied, 14 separate instances, being linked with the job. But he additionally advised reporters that he had been dwelling other than his Japanese spouse whereas he coached Australia.
Jones give up the Wallabies after simply two wins from 9 Tests since taking up in January, together with a worst-ever World Cup efficiency the place they did not make it out of the pool part.
He was appointed Japan coach forward of South African Frans Ludeke, who led Kubota Spears to final season’s Japanese membership title.
He will formally take over on January 1.
Despite being fired by England final December after their worst annual return in 14 years, Jones was hailed because the saviour of an underperforming Wallabies outfit.
But his insistence on fast-tracking rookies on the expense of veteran stars badly backfired in high-pressure video games, as did a revolving door of unproven captains.
Being linked to the vacant Japan job didn’t assist his public persona both.
“Australia feels betrayed, embarrassed and humiliated, as much by Jones’ dalliance with Japan as our nation’s sorrowful World Cup effort,” The Australian broadsheet declared.
Jones, whose mom is Japanese-American, has maintained hyperlinks with the nation since leaving the Japan job in 2015.
He continued to work as a guide to membership aspect Tokyo Sungoliath whereas teaching England, making common visits.
He advised The Australian in an interview that he had been “living apart from my wife because she lives in Japan”.
“I want to stay married. I think at 63 I don’t want to get divorced,” he mentioned. Jones led Japan to unprecedented success in his earlier spell in command of the Brave Blossoms.
They shocked South Africa 34-32 on the 2015 World Cup in a match that turned referred to as the “Miracle of Brighton”.
That was solely Japan’s second win at a World Cup, and so they additionally went on to beat Samoa and the USA that yr earlier than exiting on the pool stage.
Jones’s successor Jamie Joseph constructed on that basis, taking Japan to the 2019 World Cup quarter-finals on residence soil.
Joseph introduced earlier than this yr’s World Cup that he would step down after the match.
Japan did not make it previous the pool stage after shedding to Argentina of their last sport in France.