Eddie Jones has stepped down from his role as the head coach of the Australian rugby team, according to media in Australia.
During his tenure, the Wallabies endured a calamitous Rugby World Cup campaign, exiting the tournament at the pool stage, while Wales and Fiji progressed to the knockout rounds.
Earlier this year, Jones made his return to Australia, succeeding Dave Rennie under a substantial $4.5 million contract set to extend until 2027.
Rugby authorities had envisioned the 63-year-old’s role as instrumental in guiding the team’s development with an eye toward the upcoming World Cup, which is scheduled to be hosted in Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald suggests ‘final paperwork remains to be signed’, but it’s evident that Jones’ tenure as the head of the Wallabies has come to an end.
This development presents a significant embarrassment for Rugby Australia (RA), as they had inked a five-year contract with Jones in January, following the dismissal of Dave Rennie due to a string of inconsistent performances.
Worst Rugby World Cup XV
Head coach: Eddie Jones
15. Marius Simionescu (Romania)
14. Jonny May (England)
13. Huw Jones (Scotland)
12. Samu Kerevi (Australia)
11. Ben Lam (Samoa)