Eddie Jones announces resignation from Australia's coaching role

Eddie Jones had a disappointing outing on his second stint with Australia as head coach
Eddie Jones had a disappointing outing on his second stint with Australia as head coach

Rugby Australia has confirmed that Eddie Jones has resigned from his role as the Wallabies head coach following a dismal Rugby World Cup campaign.

Jones previously coached Australia between 2001 and 2005 during which he helped them reach the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup but his second stint lasted just 10 months having taken over from Dave Rennie earlier in the year.

Since the 63-year-old took over, Australia managed just two wins from nine matches with their victories coming against Georgia and Portugal. In the process, they also became the first Wallabies squad to exit from the opening round of a Rugby World Cup in the recently concluded campaign.

Some of Jones' controversial calls including the sacking of Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley and appointing Will Skelton as the captain backfired. Even though he received backing from few pundits and from Skelton about building a squad for future, Rugby Australia boss Hamish McLennan revealed on Sunday that Jones is heading overseas.

“Another world-class Australian coach heads back overseas,” McLennan spoke to Peter FitzSimons.

“Is it the coach or the system? Michael Cheika gets sacked in 2019 after a quarter-final loss and takes Argentina to the semis in 2023. The lunacy must end. The supply chain is broken. Centralisation is the answer.

“After losing to England, New Zealand, France, Ireland and Italy last year, it was a gamble worth taking but this proves the whole system needs to change. It’s up to the states now, the plan is there.

“The parochialism has to end. Let’s be remembered for making the tough calls and fixing it.”