Eddie Jones drops bombshell over his future as Wallabies boss

Eddie Jones drops bombshell over his future as Wallabies boss

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones has claimed that he will be leaving the side after the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

The news comes as a surprise with Jones' deal signed until the 2027 World Cup which will be hosted in Australia. The prescribed tenure over his contract period would also include the 2025 British & Irish Lions tour down under.

However, Jones seems insistent that he will be leaving his role after the World Cup regardless of their performance.

"I'm only coaching to this World Cup. I've signed, but as I've made the mistake before, I've stayed too long. So we win the World Cup it will be time to go. If we lose the World Cup it will be time to go," Jones told The Evening Standard podcast.

Rugby Australia (RA) responded swiftly by claiming that Jones is still locked in and they have no concerns that he will leave the job.

"Eddie's contract runs until 2027," the RA spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Meanwhile, Jones is hoping for changes in Giteau's Law that restricts the coach to selecting only three overseas-based players with a minimum of 30 Test caps. It is designed to incentivise players to remain in Australia and offer reward to locally-based talent.

Jones suggested that even though he has not approached the RA regarding a policy change he believes there will be a good response.

The veteran coach outlined four stars who could not be looked past including gargantuan lock Will Skelton who has recently added another Champions Cup medal to his collection.

"They [Rugby Australia] had a law called the Giteau Law which was you could only get three players outside Australia with 30 caps," Jones said.

"But we haven't tabled that [a policy change] with the board yet, but I'm sure we're going to get a positive response about more players. Because we've got [Will] Skelton, who's probably the best right-hand-side lock in the world. Richie Arnold at Toulouse, who's a fantastic player in the Top 14. Quade Cooper, [Samu] Kerevi, [Marika] Koroibete, we can't snub that sort of talent."