Eddie Jones: England boss reveals ambition to coach in the NRL

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England head coach Eddie Jones has admitted that coaching rugby league outfit the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Australia’s NRL would be the realisation of a dream for him.

Jones, who is a a lifelong Rabbitohs supporter, revealed the news while he was on a fact-finding mission with another NRL club, the Penrith Panthers.

Visited the Panthers’ academy

The 62-year-old and England‘s defence coach, former Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos boss Anthony Seibold, visited the Panthers Academy on Wednesday. Panthers assistant coaches Cameron Ciraldo and Andrew Webster greeted the duo upon their arrival.

Jones is continuing his information exchange sessions with NRL coaches and spent the day at the Panthers with their coach, Ivan Cleary.

England sealed a 2-1 series victory over the Wallabies in Australia earlier this month and although Jones is focused on guiding the Red Rose to victory in next year’s World Cup in France, he said he has a desire to coach in the NRL.

“I like the game,” he told Nine Entertainment Co.

“If there was an opportunity there [in the NRL] I would jump at it, but the reality is it’s probably not going to be there.”

However, Jones showed plenty of enthusiasm when questioned on his desire to coach the Rabbitohs.

“That would be the dream team. That would be the dream,” he said.

“From the age of five, I’ve supported Souths. That would be fantastic [to coach the Rabbitohs]. I loved the old teams with Ronnie Coote, Bob McCarthy, John Sattler and Eric Simms.”

When asked if he would do the job if it was offered to him, Jones replied: “100 per cent, yeah.”

Cleary, Ciraldo and Webster joined England in the build-up to the series-deciding third Test against the Wallabies in Sydney earlier this month.

Jones has plenty of admiration of what the Panthers have built and the camaraderie that exists within their squad.

“Ivan and his crew came into England camp and I wanted to come out to Penrith to see what they’re doing well and what we can learn from,” he said.

“The principles of coaching never change. Obviously, the game is different, but it’s learning about the principles.

“They’ve got a team that plays consistently hard here, so we want to learn how they do it. They’re a very good team. You can always learn a different way and a better way of doing things. That’s why we’re out here.”

Jones and Seibold also visited legendary Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy last week. The England coaches also spent time at AFL clubs Melbourne and Carlton recently.

Mutually beneficial

Seibold believes visiting the Panthers should benefit both England and the NRL club.

“They wanted to come and see what we’re doing and Eddie runs an elite program. It’s great to catch up with other coaches,” he said.

“They are really good guys, I know them well. It’s a really impressive coaching group. For us, it’s about seeing how others do it. It’s about sharing ideas and seeing how other coaches go about their business, it’s been brilliant.

“It’s great for our learning and their learning. Most coaches are prepared to swap information, and it is really collaborative.”

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