Eddie Jones returns as Japan’s coach following a disappointing era in Australia.

The new head coach of the Japan Rugby Football Union has been announced as Eddie Jones, bringing an end to weeks of speculation about his return to the position he previously held from 2012 to 2015. Jones will officially commence his duties on 1 January.
Following Australia’s disappointing performance in the Rugby World Cup, where they were eliminated in the pool stage for the first time after losses to Fiji and Wales, Jones resigned as the head coach of the Australian team in October. Despite media reports suggesting otherwise, he denied being interviewed for the Japan job just prior to the World Cup warm-up matches.
Jones will be taking over from Jamie Joseph, who led Japan’s Brave Blossoms to the quarter-finals in the 2019 World Cup held in their home country, before exiting in the pool stage in France. After being dismissed from his position with England in December, Jones returned to Australia in January to serve as the coach for the second time, following his successful stint that led the Wallabies to the World Cup final in 2003.
Upon his return, Jones boldly stated that Australia would secure their third World Cup triumph in France. However, this claim appeared far-fetched as the Wallabies suffered defeats in all five of their pre-tournament matches. Jones left the team with only two victories, against Georgia and Portugal, and a total of seven losses from nine international matches in 2023, resulting in a ninth-place ranking in the world.
Despite his team’s recent struggles, Jones is still highly respected in Japan, particularly for guiding the Brave Blossoms to a remarkable upset victory over South Africa in the 2015 World Cup.

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