England’s Eddie Jones dismisses talk of replacing Michael Cheika at Wallabies


Eddie Jones has shut down any chance of him replacing Michael Cheika as Wallabies boss if Rugby Australia decides to look elsewhere following the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Jones was name checked by Rugby Australia’s high performance manager Ben Whitaker as one possible candidate to replace Cheika, who said he would resign if the Wallabies do not win next year’s World Cup. But Jones is tied in with the Rugby Football Union until 2021 having signed a new deal in January, but it does have a break clause.

He originally planned to leave the England post after next year’s World Cup, but penned an additional two-year deal to help with the succession plan.

And when asked whether he had any comment in response to Whitaker’s view that Jones would be among the candidates considered to replace Cheika if he stepped away, Jones responded: “Look it is just complete media speculation.

“I don’t have else to say. I am contracted and committed to winning the World Cup with England and then I am contracted until 2021 and that is the situation. So these things pop up but where it came from I don’t know.”

Jones coached the Wallabies from 2001 to 2005, and led them to the 2003 World Cup final during that spell. Since then he has impressed in various roles, including guiding Japan to that memorable win over South Africa in the 2015 World Cup. He then took on the England post and they have won 24 of 26 Tests under his guidance.

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