Japan reappoints former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones

Former Wallabies mentor Eddie Jones has been appointed head coach of Japan's rugby team.

Former Wallabies mentor Eddie Jones has been appointed head coach of Japan's rugby team. Photo: Getty

Eddie Jones has been named new head coach of Japan, ending weeks of speculation over the Australian’s reappointment to the job he held from 2012 to 2015.

Jones will officially commence his duties from January 1, the organisation said on its website.

Jones resigned as Australia’s head coach at the end of October after the Wallabies’ worst Rugby World Cup campaign, where losses to Fiji and Wales saw the 1991 and 1999 champions exit at the pool stage for the first time.

The 63-year-old, whose mother and wife are Japanese, had denied media reports during the tournament he had been interviewed for the Japan job a couple of days before his team’s final World Cup warm-up.

Jones will be a replacement for his successor Jamie Joseph, who led Japan’s Brave Blossoms to the World Cup quarter-finals on home soil in 2019 and a pool-stage exit in France.

After being sacked by England last December, Jones returned home in January for his second stint as Australia’s coach after leading the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final in his first stint.

Jones immediately said Australia would claim a third World Cup triumph in France, an assertion that looked laughable after the Wallabies lost all five of their Test matches in the run-up to the tournament.

He left the Wallabies with two wins, over Georgia and Portugal, and seven losses from nine Tests in 2023 and ranked ninth in the world.

Jones remains highly regarded in Japan, however, having led the Brave Blossoms to a stunning upset of South Africa at the 2015 World Cup.


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