England head coach Eddie Jones. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images)
On Tuesday, England coach Eddie Jones was badly hurt by being approached by Racing 92 as speculation grew that he might join the Parisian club after next year’s Rugby World Cup.
The 62-year-old’s current contract expires after the tournament in France, and Jones has made it clear that his reign in England, which began after the 2015 World Cup, will end.
“The only thing I’m worried about is England before the Rugby World Cup,” Jones said in an interview with Sky Sports after announcing the training team before the England tour of his native Australia.
“But obviously people ask you questions, and when you answer, it becomes a big story.
“Maybe there was a phone conversation. Sometimes I don’t do these things, other people do it for you. I’m a rugby coach, I love to coach, and I still feel like I have something to contribute.”
Jones led Brambi to the 2001 Super Rugby Championship title before being appointed Australia’s head coach, bringing Wallaby to the 2003 World Cup final.
He has not coached full-time at the club level since working with Suntory Sungoliath in Japan from 2009 to 2012.
“Racing 92”, which is in the top 14, was eliminated from the Champions Cup by French rival “La Rochelle” in the semifinals last weekend and has not yet won the main competition of European rugby clubs.
It’s been six years since they last won the top 14, despite significant spending on a stellar team that includes center-right Frenchman Gael Fiku and Scottish fly-half Finn Russell.
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