Eddie Jones finally admits he IS interested in Japan job after landing in Tokyo, with former Wallabies boss set for a second interview with Brave Blossoms
- Eddie Jones has admitted he is interested in the Japan job
- The former Wallabies boss denied reports of a secret interview
- But he is due for a second interview with Japan bosses in December
After denying all links with the Japanese head coach role, Eddie Jones has admitted he is ‘definitely interested’ in taking the vacancy with the Brave Blossoms.
Jones, 63, denied reports claiming he had held talks with Japan rugby bosses ahead of the World Cup in France, with the Australian in charge of the Wallabies at the time.
He has since resigned from his post with Rugby Australia, likening the job to ‘eating s***’ after less than 10 months in the role.
In an interview with Kyodo News, Jones has now changed his tune and has publicly stated his desire to return to the Japanese team.
‘I’ve had no offer, let’s be clear,’ he said after arriving in Tokyo for a holiday with his wife.
Eddie Jones has admitted he is ‘definitely interested’ in the Japan coaching job
‘I don’t know what the future holds and I can’t talk about the future.’
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Jones has been invited to a second interview, which will be held in Tokyo with a panel of JRFU officials in December.
He is still being paid by Rugby Australia until November 25, but laid out his plans for the Brave Blossoms.
‘Japan can’t stay where they are because if they stay where they are, they’ll actually start to slide. So they’ve got to make a big push now,’ he said.
‘You’re going to have to be courageous and you’re going to have to do things differently. You can’t just go along and do what you’re doing now. So that’s the reason I would be interested.’
Jones’s comments comes after Rugby Australia boss Hamish McLennan admitted he would be ‘bitterly disappointed’ if his former coach ends up back at Japan.
Jones, 63, left the Wallabies last month and is eyeing up the job at the Brave Blossoms
‘Hopefully, I’ll be able to see all the facts,’ McLennan said. ‘If it’s true, I’d be bitterly disappointed knowing the faith and the support that we’d been given the entire coaching crew and the Wallabies.
‘I’ve spoken to his [Jones’] agent about it. He claims he’s got nothing to go to and he’s been quite adamant about that and I’ve read his press reports … I take that on face value.
‘I think in the near future I might be able to learn more about what happened. Certainly the Herald believe there is absolute truth in that. I think in the fullness of time we will find out what’s happened.’
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