Sydney, Australia – October 26, 2023
In a shocking turn of events, Eddie Jones, the head coach of the Wallabies, is rumored to be on the brink of quitting his position following a series of significant staff changes made by Rugby Australia. Despite his $4.5 million contract, an exit clause seems to provide him with an escape route if Rugby Australia fails to meet specific objectives, which, as of now, remain unachieved.
Reports suggest that Jones’ tenure with the Wallabies might be coming to an end due to the departure of several key staff members, including team manager Chris Webb. While many of these staff contracts were initially set to end with the conclusion of the World Cup, the fact that some were personally brought in by Jones hints at a lack of faith in the coach’s vision for the team.
The departure of trusted allies, coupled with the rumors of Jones considering a move to Japan, where he previously enjoyed success with the Brave Blossoms in 2015, raises concerns about his commitment to the Wallabies. Speculations also indicate that Jones might be eyeing a return to Japan, a move that has been met with both anticipation and disappointment among rugby enthusiasts.
Furthermore, assistant coaches Jason Ryles, Brett Hodgson, Dan Palmer, Neil Hatley, Pierre-Henry Broncan, and Berrick Barnes have also been let go, marking a significant overhaul in the Wallabies coaching staff. If Jones decides to activate the exit clause in his contract, Rugby Australia would be saved from a hefty payout that would have been applicable until 2027.
Despite the uncertainties surrounding his future, Jones recently expressed his commitment to the Wallabies, citing the growth and potential he sees in the young players. However, his regret over a controversial pre-World Cup press conference, where he urged the media to “give themselves an uppercut,” hints at the mounting pressure and frustration he might be experiencing.
As the rugby community eagerly awaits official statements from both Eddie Jones and Rugby Australia, the future of Australian rugby hangs in the balance. With potential changes at the helm, fans are left wondering about the direction the Wallabies will take and who might lead them into the next chapter of international rugby competition.