In a surprising turn of events, Eddie Jones is poised to take on the role of Japan’s new head coach, as per recent reports.
This comes months after initial speculations about his interview for the position while still at the helm of Australia. Despite refuting such claims during the World Cup, it appears Jones is set to lead the Brave Blossoms.
Following a tumultuous tenure with the Wallabies, which concluded in a group stage exit – an unprecedented humiliation for the team, Jones is reportedly on the verge of joining Japan’s coaching staff. Numerous sources in Japan indicate that Jones secured the position over Frans Ludeke after a second interview conducted this week. T
he official confirmation of this development is expected to come through on Wednesday.
Adding to the intrigue, former Wallabies general manager Chris Webb is anticipated to accompany Jones in his new venture.
It’s worth noting that Jones abruptly resigned from his position with the Australian team on October 29, cutting short a five-year contract after less than a year in charge. The upcoming move to Japan marks a new chapter in Jones’s coaching career.
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