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Up down under: How rugby coach Eddie Jones hopes to make a comeback with Australia

Sacked as England coach in December, Eddie Jones was facing the end of his elite rugby dream – but his reappointment as head coach of Australia puts him in pole position if the two teams face each other in the World Cup knock-out rounds

Eddie Jones, Australia’s new head rugby coach, has a reputation for being abrasive and demanding. Illustration: Peter Hanan


Name and role: Eddie Jones, Australia’s new head rugby coach

Age: 62

Appearance: Short, bald and formidable

Newsworthiness: Jones was sacked by England, but might yet face them in the knock-out stages of the Rugby World Cup

In the aftermath of the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, in which his England team had been pummelled by South Africa, Eddie Jones was feeling optimistic.

Some of it was a matter of age and wisdom. It ...