England rugby union have parted company with Eddie Jones.
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.”
Meanwhile, 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 led to speculation that Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield could join the England coaching staff as they strive to appoint the entire Leicester Tigers coaching staff.
But what for Jones?
He has been linked with a move to the NRL and of course South Sydney Rabbitohs.
However, he already has a short term position lined up according to The Ruck.
Castres Olympique head coach Pierre-Henry Broncan revealed, according to The Ruck, that the Aussie will join his backroom team as a consultant.
“It’s a complicated period for him, he has want to go back to Japan because his wife is Japanese and his mother is there. He will recharge his batteries in Japan at first. Then he will come here.”
And the Castres coach added: “Eddie Jones will be on the market and he will quickly be picked up by a club or a nation, he will not be free for long. For the moment in a period like this, he needs to breathe, to put himself aside a little ”.