Dave Rennie sacked, Eddie Jones to coach Wallabies at 2023 World Cup

Eddie Jones will coach the Wallabies at the 2023 World Cup following the sacking of Dave Rennie by Rugby Australia.

Rennie had been in charge of the team since late 2019 and was contracted through the World Cup in the spring but just four wins from 15 internationals last year saw the pressure rise on the Kiwi coach.

As confirmed by Rugby Australia, the decision sees Jones return to the role he held from 2001 to 2005.

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“It is a major coup for Australian Rugby to have the best coach in the world return home to coach the iconic Wallabies and to oversee the Wallaroos program,” Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan said.

“Eddie’s deep understanding of our Rugby system and knowledge of our player group and pathways will lift the team to the next level.

“Eddie instinctively understands the Australian way of playing Rugby – this represents an opportunity to secure a coach of immense expertise and experience at the biggest competitions, and we did not want to miss it.”

Jones returns to the job on a five-year contract which will take him beyond the 2027 World Cup.

The 62-year-old spoke of his excitement at reprising the role of Australian coach.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to come home to Australia and lead my nation to a Rugby World Cup,” Jones said.

“It is going to be an immense period for Australian Rugby – as a proud Australian, it is a great honour to be able to come home and lead the national team during these years.

“The Wallabies squad is a really talented group of players with good depth – if we can have everyone fit and healthy going into the World Cup this year, I am confident that we can go to France and break the 24-year drought of winning the Rugby World Cup.

“I saw how gutsy the Wallaroos were in the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand last year – it looks like there is a real spirit in that group that will drive the women’s program forward ahead of their next World Cup in 2025.

“I am really looking forward to getting back home and getting stuck in.”

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The veteran coach, who guided Australia to the 2003 World Cup final, most recently had a seven-year stint in charge of England until he was let go last month.

Jones had similarly been contracted to coach England through their World Cup campaign this year but he was moved on following 5 wins from 12 Tests in 2022.

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