Former England boss Eddie Jones has been appointed Australia head coach, changing the sacked Dave Rennie.
Jones, who beforehand coached the Wallabies from 2001 to 2005, has signed a five-year deal by way of to 2027.
The 62-year-old was dismissed by England in December after seven years within the position.
He’ll begin with Australia on the finish of January, along with his contract masking two World Cups and the British and Irish Lions tour in 2025.
“It’s a fantastic alternative for me to have the ability to come residence to Australia and lead my nation to a Rugby World Cup,” Jones mentioned.
“It’s going to be an immense interval for Australian Rugby – as a proud Australian, it’s a nice honour to have the ability to come residence and lead the nationwide workforce throughout these years.”
Jones began discussions with Rugby Australia shortly after his sacking by the Rugby Soccer Union, and informed the BBC final month he had “one final huge job in him.”
Nonetheless this had been anticipated to return about after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, so his appointment as Wallabies boss with speedy impact is a sensational growth that may additional shake up the worldwide rugby panorama.
Rugby Australia’s swoop for Jones caps a outstanding interval, with England, Australia and Wales all making main regime change a matter of months out from the Rugby World Cup.
All three nations are on the identical facet of the draw on the event in France later this yr, with Jones’ Australia and Warren Gatland’s Wales in the identical pool, and a quarter-final assembly with England a definite risk.
As a part of his position, Jones will even oversee the Australia girls’s workforce.
“It’s a main coup for Australian rugby to have the very best coach on the planet return residence to educate the enduring Wallabies and to supervise the Wallaroos program,” added Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan.
“Eddie instinctively understands the Australian means of taking part in rugby – this represents a possibility to safe a coach of immense experience and expertise on the greatest competitions, and we didn’t need to miss it.”
Jones was appointed England boss in 2015 and gained a Grand Slam in 2016 earlier than reaching the World Cup closing three years later, however he was dismissed in December following a poor run of type, with the facet profitable simply 5 of 12 Check matches in 2022.
Nonetheless his transfer to the Wallabies presents him with one other alternative to focus on the Webb Ellis trophy.
“The Wallabies squad is a very proficient group of gamers with good depth,” Jones added.
“If we are able to have everybody match and wholesome going into the World Cup this yr, I’m assured that we are able to go to France and break the 24-year drought of profitable the Rugby World Cup.”
Rennie, 59, took over from Michael Cheika as Australia head coach in 2020 however has been dismissed after choosing up simply 5 wins from 14 Checks in 2022.
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