As expected, this week saw the end of Eddie Jones’ time with England rugby union in a move that could see Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield join the England side.
“It is important to recognise the huge contribution Eddie has made to English rugby, winning three Six Nations Championships, one Grand Slam and taking us to a Rugby World Cup Final,” said RFU CEO, Bill Sweeney on Jones’ dismissal.
“He has the highest win ratio of any previous England head coach and has helped develop the leadership skills of many players and coaches. I am grateful to Eddie for all he has done for England across many areas of the game and the professional way in which he has approached reviewing the performance of the team. He has provided the panel with astute insight and meaningful lessons that will support the team performance going forward.”
So, yes league legend Sinfield could find himself involved with England rugby union potentially replacing former Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson as Defence Coach, but Jones himself could be headed to rugby league.
It has been rumoured for a long time that he would like a crack in the 13-man game and Brian Carney has tipped him to do just that.
“In simple terms, he has the ability to coach a group of men and to turn them into winners,” Carney told Sky Sports News.
“He’s a huge fan of rugby league; that’s evident and you can see that in the coaching staff he assembled when he was in charge of England…We know he loves rugby league and the mentality of rugby league players.
“Wigan went close to getting Eddie Jones a few years ago, Warrington had an interest in getting him as a head coach four or five years ago, so he’s well thought of in rugby league circles.”