Eddie Jones seeks to emulate Rassie Erasmus' Springboks

Eddie Jones seeks to emulate Rassie Erasmus' Springboks

New Wallaby coach Eddie Jones is taking inspiration from the remarkable turnaround the Springboks experience on the way to winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Despite being England's most successful coach during his tenure, a string of losses piled significant pressure on Jones. Coupled with reports that the players were unhappy, he was ultimately sacked.

The wily Jones was quickly snapped up by Australia in January to replace Dave Rennie, who only won five Tests out of 14 matches last year.

With just months to go to the Rugby World Cup in France, Jones is looking for divine inspiration. Speaking to Newstalk ZB, Jones pointed out what Erasmus did with a struggling Bok team, taking charge 18 months out from the RWC and fashioning them into world beaters.

"If you look at the history of the World Cup, I think one of the interesting things is what South Africa did last in the last World Cup," said Jones.

"In 2018, they were a bit of a mess, winning it under 40 percent. There was great disgruntlement with the way they were playing and Rassie Erasmus comes in and basically goes back to traditional Springboks rugby and they win the World Cup. So, there's no reason why we can't do that."

Of course, coaching is one variable, but the players make up most of the equation. Looking at Australia's talent pool, Jones is more than confident that he has the quality to bring the William Webb Ellis Cup back Down Under for a third time.

"There's enough talented players here," he continued.

"Like any country we might be skinny in one or two positions. You look at Ireland, the best team in the world at the moment, but they lose Johnny Sexton and are they the best team in the world? And that's a completely centrally contracted country.

"We've got some depth problems, there's no doubt about it, but I think we've got enough talented players and I think under Dave [Rennie] the team has shown that they can compete with anyone in the world ” take an Ireland to three points, France to three points, drawn with New Zealand, beaten South Africa.

"So, the track record is there. What the teams are unable to do is to do that with any of the consistency and to win a World Cup, you got to win seven in a row."