Australia: Eddie Jones says he will blank former employers if Wallabies meet England at World Cup

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones says he will blank his ex-employers at the RFU if Australia clash with England at the World Cup. Jones replaced Dave Rennie as the Wallabies head coach earlier this week, reuniting with the Test side after last coaching the side back in 2003. Credit: Alamy
Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones says he will blank his ex-employers at the RFU if Australia clash with England at the World Cup. Jones replaced Dave Rennie as the Wallabies head coach earlier this week, reuniting with the Test side after last coaching the side back in 2003. Credit: Alamy

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones says he will blank his ex-employers at the RFU if Australia clash with England at the World Cup.

Jones replaced Dave Rennie as the Wallabies head coach earlier this week, reuniting with the Test side after last coaching the team back in 2003.

“I’m not thinking about England”

The 62-year-old was in charge of England for seven years between 2016 and 2022 before being relieved of his duties after the Autumn Nations Series last year.

The ex-England head coach expressed his disappointment over his dismissal and admitted he would avoid confrontation if the two sides met at the World Cup.

“I’m not thinking about England… because the most important thing is to get Australia playing really well and consistently well,” Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“If we happen to meet England on the way, well and good. I might have a conversation with some of the players and not with the administration. Then we’ll get on with the battle.

“You could maybe pick it now… the quarter-final [between Australia and England] could be in Marseille.

“Maybe age helps, but once the chapter closes, it closes.”

Borthwick delight for Jones

Meanwhile, Jones’ successor, Steve Borthwick, said he was delighted that the Australian landed a new job.

“I’m delighted for Eddie that he is coaching his home country. The day that I was announced as England head coach, he sent me a message wishing me the very best, and this morning (Monday), I sent him a message wishing him the very best,” Borthwick said.

Jones signed a four-year deal as Australia’s new boss, taking charge of the Test side for the second time.

England sacked him in December following a run of results that included six defeats and a draw in 12 matches.

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