'Whole system needs changing' - Eddie Jones on Australian rugby

Eddie Jones resigned from head coach role at the end of World Cup in France
Eddie Jones resigned from head coach role at the end of World Cup in France

Outgoing Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones insisted that the entire system in the Australian rugby need to be revamped following their dismal performance in the recently concluded Rugby World Cup.

Jones took over from Dave Rennie earlier in the year for his second stint as the head coach with the Wallabies but the side lost seven out of the nine matches under him and also became the first Wallabies side to be eliminated from the World Cup in the opening round.

The 63-year-old controversially omitted veterans Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley from the World Cup squad and handed Will Skelton the captaincy with a long-term vision but has been facing criticism from all the corners and as a result he announced his resignation on Sunday.

"Well as you know I've resigned. Post the World Cup there was always going to be a decision to be made whether we could change Australian rugby or not," Jones said.

"I went in with a plan, had a commitment from Rugby Australia of what that looked like, and when the unity of where we were going wasn't the same - and it wasn't for lack of desire from Rugby Australia, there are other forces at play - then the only thing I could do was resign.

"Obviously the results were disappointing, but I went in there with a plan to change Australian rugby, which not only involves the team but the system to put it together.

"When you've had 20 years of unsuccessful rugby, it's because something is wrong in the system. And the system needs to change.

"We went in with a plan of how we wanted to change the system, and it's unable to be changed so I felt like my job would be compromised for the next four years, which I wasn't prepared to do.

"I'm going to have a bit of a break, and then we'll take it from there."