3 minute read
Eddie Jones's second stint as Wallabies coach ended like his first in 2005, but the wily mentor did enjoy plenty of success in between with Japan and England.
SNAPSHOT OF EDDIE JONES' INTERNATIONAL COACHING CAREER:
2001-05: AUSTRALIA - Inheriting a richly talented playing group from the Wallabies' golden generation, Jones coached Australia to a home series victory over the touring British and Irish Lions in 2001, to the 2003 World Cup final and held the Bledisloe Cup for three years. But his first tenure ended after the Wallabies lost seven of their last eight Tests in 2005. He finished with 35 wins, one draw and 24 losses from 60 Tests.
2012-15: JAPAN - After replacing New Zealand great Sir John Kirwan, Jones guided the Brave Blossoms into the world's top 10 for the first time and plotted a huge upset win over the Springboks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup before being lured to coach England.
2015-22: ENGLAND - With 59 wins from 81 Tests, Jones achieved the best winning strike rate of any England coach in history, his 73 per cent average surpassing even Sir Clive Woodward's 71 per cent. He helped England win three Six Nations tournaments, one grand slam and took them to the 2019 World Cup final.
2023: AUSTRALIA - His second stint with the Wallabies was a disaster, with the side winning only two of nine Tests, both coming against minnows Georgia and Portugal in a shambolic World Cup campaign. The 63-year-old opts to walk away after the Wallabies failed to progress out of the pool stages for the first time in the tournament's 36-year history.