Eddie Jones wants to continue coaching youth Australian squad

Australia had a disappointing World Cup performance under Eddie Jones
Australia had a disappointing World Cup performance under Eddie Jones

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones insisted that he is determined to continue coaching the side despite a dismal performance in the ongoing Rugby World Cup.

Jones, who previously guided Australia to a World Cup final in 2003 was reappointed their head coach earlier in the year replacing Dave Rennie.

The 63-year-old took controversial decisions ahead of the showpiece event dropping veteran players like Michael Hooper and Quade Cooper and handed the captaincy to Will Skelton. His idea of fielding a young squad backfired as they became the first ever Wallabies side to exit from the opening stage of the tournament following defeats to Fiji and Wales.

Despite reports of Jones eyeing a job with Japan emerging, he insisted that he is fully committed to the Wallabies job and is confident of a turnaround.

“I love working with young players,” he said.

“I loved seeing some of the young players maturing during the World Cup - and some struggled, and that is part of it.

“I love the game and I love coaching those players, 100 per cent.

“If you look at the number of players we took to the World Cup, the number of players who are still to reach their peak - players like (Fraser) McReight, (Tate) McDermott, (Ben) Donaldson, (Tom) Hooper, (Max) Jorgensen - there are a number of players there who are at the start of their international career.

“Most of them showed during the World Cup that they have enough to really go forward and be very good players for Australia.

“We throw in a few other players from around the place and we have a nucleus of a really good team.

“That is the most positive thing.”