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Looks Like England May Be Getting Close To Naming A New Head Coach

Chris Kane
By Chris Kane Updated

Well this would be quite the turn around. Despite last week committing his future to coaching the Stormers, Eddie Jones is once again the bookies favourite to be Stuart Lancaster successor in England. It has been reported in today's Telegraph that after Michael Cheika ruled himself out of the job, bookmakers slashed the odds on Jones from 9-1 down to 1-3 on with the expectation being that the former Japan coach is set to be unveiled sooner rather than later.

This marks the latest plot twist in the will they/won't they back and forth between Jones and the RFU. Speculation began during the World Cup when, back in October, Jones said if England came calling he would listen to offers. All seemed to be lost on Friday when Jones released a statement committing his future to the Stormers, however it seems this may not be the case.

With the likes of Schmidt, Cheika and Gatland ruling themselves out of the job, Jones would appear to be the favoured candidate. The former Saracens and Australia coach had, arguably, the best coaching performance of the recent Rugby World Cup, leading minnows Japan to a famous victory over eventual semi-finalists South Africa.

 

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