Jones reportedly resigns as Wallaby coach

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Wallaby coach Eddie Jones has resigned after less than a year in the job following the team’s dismal performance at the World Cup, several Australian news outlets reported on Sunday.

According to the reports, over the weekend Jones amicably agreed to terms for his departure with Rugby Australia’s Phil Waugh and Hamish McLennan.

Rugby Australia told AFP it had no comment.

The 63-year-old Jones was expected to resign after Australia had won just two of nine Tests since taking over in January and the team suffered their worst World Cup performance yet.

“I don’t have a job offer,” the combative Jones, who is in Britain to help coach the Barbarians for their Test against Wales, said in an interview The Australian said.

“I live apart from my wife because she lives in Japan. I want to spend some time with her. I want to stay married. I think at 63 I don’t want a divorce.

“By December I will start looking at what I would like… to coach another international team; I would like to coach one more team. Another cycle.”

Asked by ABC if he had resigned, Jones said it was “not far off”, with the paperwork to that effect soon to be signed.

Despite being sacked by England after their worst performance in years, Jones was hailed as the savior of Australian rugby when he returned to the national set-up in place of Dave Rennie.

Jones has come under fire for his decisions to select younger players and leave veterans out of the squad. Jones could potentially coach Japan next.

Jones led the Wallabies to a World Cup final in 2003, as well as England in 2019.