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England coach Eddie Jones is on verge of making shock switch to coach America’s national rugby side

England coach Eddie Jones ‘is on the verge of making SHOCK switch to coach America’s rugby side’ – after saying he’d even consider a switch to the NRL

  • Eddie Jones is close to making shock switch to coach America’s rugby side
  • Jones will leave his post with the Red Roses after the the World Cup next year
  • Jones has said it is his ‘dream’ to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs team

England head coach Eddie Jones is reportedly on the brink of signing an eight-year deal to coach the United States rugby union team, just months after he said he’d consider coaching the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Jones, 62, will leave his post with England after the completion of the World Cup next year, and he has reportedly been asked by USA Rugby to coach their national side through to the 2031 World Cup.

England head coach Eddie Jones is reportedly on the brink of signing an eight-year deal to coach the United States, just months after he said he'd consider coaching the South Sydney Rabbitohs

England head coach Eddie Jones is reportedly on the brink of signing an eight-year deal to coach the United States, just months after he said he’d consider coaching the South Sydney Rabbitohs

Jones, 62, will leave his post with the Red Roses after the completion of the World Cup next year, and it appears he has been asked by USA Rugby to coach their national side through to the 2031 World Cup

Jones, 62, will leave his post with the Red Roses after the completion of the World Cup next year, and it appears he has been asked by USA Rugby to coach their national side through to the 2031 World Cup

 It’s a bold move for USA Rugby, which filed for bankruptcy in 2020 after falling victim to ‘insurmountable financial constraints’ during the pandemic.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the deal is not ‘set in stone’ just yet, but it appears highly likely that Australia’s most experienced homegrown rugby coach will not be returning down under after his stint with England.

In July, reports suggested Jones had his heart set on a return to Australia and a stunning code switch to an NRL club.

During a tour of the Penrith Panthers’ training base while on England’s tour of Australia, Jones openly discussed his desire to coach in the NRL, with his boyhood club South Sydney Rabbitohs the ‘dream’ job.

It's a bold move for USA Rugby who only filed for bankruptcy in 2020 after ‘insurmountable financial constraints’ during the pandemic

It’s a bold move for USA Rugby who only filed for bankruptcy in 2020 after ‘insurmountable financial constraints’ during the pandemic

 ‘I like the game,’ Jones said at the time.

‘If there was an opportunity there [in the NRL] I would jump at it, but the reality is it’s probably not going to be there.’

Asked about his desire to take charge of the Bunnies, Jones said: ‘That would be the dream team. That would be the dream.

‘From the age of five, I’ve supported Souths. That would be fantastic [to coach the Rabbitohs]. I loved the old teams with Ronnie Coote, Bob McCarthy, John Sattler and Eric Simms.’

Jones openly discussed his desire to coach in the NRL, with his boyhood club South Sydney Rabbitohs (pictured) the 'dream' job

Jones openly discussed his desire to coach in the NRL, with his boyhood club South Sydney Rabbitohs (pictured) the ‘dream’ job

Pressed about whether he would take the job if it was offered to him, Jones replied: ‘100 per cent.’

Jones’ possible move to the States means Rugby Australia will miss out on the opportunity to target the former Wallabies coach after next year’s showpiece tournament.

The Wallabies are in danger of finishing 2022 as the worst-performing Australian team in more than 60 years and coach Dave Rennie’s future beyond the World Cup is in doubt due to the side’s bleak winning strike rate of just 36.4 per cent.


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