England rugby union parted company with Eddie Jones this week.
They released the following statement:
“Following a review of the Autumn, Eddie Jones has been dismissed from the position of England Men’s Head Coach.
“The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will now conclude the long-term work it has been undertaking on coach succession planning with changes set to be announced in the near future. In the interim,” Richard Cockerill will take over the day to day running of the men’s performance team.”
Then RFU CEO Bill Sweeney added:
“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.
“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.”
This has opened the door for Jones to make the switch to the NRL which he has been open to for some time especially if offered the chance to join South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves have previously approached him.
Now, according to the Daily Telegraph, there is one Australian Chairman who is very open to the idea.
They did not name who but it seems the under pressure coaches in the NRL may have some competition for their jobs if more Chairman share this point of view.