Australian Eddie Jones named as England's rugby union head coach

Sunday, November 22, 2015

File photo of Eddie Jones, 2009.
Image: Belinda Lester.

Australian Eddie Jones was named on Friday as England's new rugby union head coach by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), making him the first foreign coach to be appointed to the role. Jones has signed a four year contract after Stuart Lancaster resigned from the post in early November following England's disappointing performance at this year's Rugby World Cup.

Jones, 55, is to leave a position he was appointed to only two months ago as coach of Cape Town's Stormers in South Africa. Jones said: "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."

Jones led Australian side Brumbies to the first Super 12 win by a non-New Zealand team. While he was head coach of Australia they won the Tri Nations and were finalists against England at the 2003 Rugby World Cup.

He was also assistant to South Africa the year of their 2007 World Cup win. His Japan side, with ten consecutive victories, broke the record for the number of successive wins for a second tier rugby union team. His first game as England head coach is to be against Scotland in the Six Nations Championship at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on February 6.

Chief Executive of the RFU Ian Ritchie said he is confident Jones has the right credentials for the role. "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."