Rugby Australia targets England boss Eddie Jones for a return to the Wallabies after 2023 World Cup – and he could coach the national side again after fan blasted him as a ‘traitor’
- Jones recently led England to a 2-1 series win over the Wallabies in Australia
- The last time he coached Australia was in 2005 and he has been overseas since
- Rugby Australia is interested in bringing Jones home for the 2027 World Cup
He has been labelled a ‘traitor’ by many Wallabies fans but England coach Eddie Jones could be set for a sensational return to Australian rugby after the World Cup in 2023.
Jones coached the Wallabies from 2001 to 2005 before heading overseas with stints in Japan, France, South Africa and now England, where he has been head coach since 2015.
Jones before the third Test match of the International Rugby Test series between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground
Current Wallabies coach David Rennie is under increasing pressure after the recent 2-1 Test series loss to England for the Ella-Mobbs Trophy, with his winning percentage dipping below 40 per cent ahead of an important World Cup year.
It is likely only an unlikely appearance at the World Cup final would result in a contract extension for Rennie and Rugby Australia has reached out to Jones to sound him out on his availability after the biggest tournament in the sport.
Wallabies sources have said Rennie’s job is safe for the next 12 months, but beyond that Rugby Australia could look for other candidates.
Wendell Sailor jokes with Phil Waugh, Lote Tuqiri, Eddie Jones and George Gregan of the Wallabies during Wallabies training at Subiaco Oval June 6, 2003
Jones has indicated that a return to Australia in the near future could be a possibility and he stayed at his former Coogee home while on tour with the English side.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that anonymous sources have confirmed Rugby Australia has been after Jones for a homecoming for some time.
With Australia to host the next World Cup in 2027, the timing is right to bring Jones back into the fold to prepare the Wallabies for a tilt at the The Webb Ellis Cup on home soil.
Meanwhile, the Wallabies fan caught on camera in an altercation with Jones after calling him a traitor in the aftermath of the third Test against England has been revealed.
James Paton, a sales executive for the Nine Network, was the man who called out ‘You’re a traitor’ prompting a furious Jones to repeatedly yell ‘come here and say it’.
News Corp has reported that Paton reached out to apologise to Jones on Monday and now faces a suspension from the SCG, where he is a member.
Paton, Nine and the SCG declined to comment but Rugby Australia issued a release condemning his behaviour.
‘The offensive remarks made by spectators in the Members’ areas towards England staff were unacceptable -– and not representative of the values of rugby,’ said a statement from Andy Marinos, CEO of Rugby Australia.
‘Rugby prides itself on values of respect and integrity -– as seen in the players of both teams after the final whistle of a hard-fought series at the SCG on Saturday night.’
‘The deplorable actions of the alleged intruder that made his way to the roof of the grandstand were disgraceful and dangerous,’ he said.
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