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Rugby Australia accept coach Jones's resignation

Rugby Australia have officially accepted the resignation of embattled coach Eddie Jones, who quit following the Wallabies' disappointing World Cup showing.

Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones. Image AAP

Rugby Australia have officially confirmed the resignation of coach Eddie Jones, who will depart next month.

RA chief executive Phil Waugh will hold a press conference in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon as the search for a new coach begins.

After signing a five-year deal Jones quit the post after less than 10 months on the back of a shambolic Rugby World Cup campaign in France, where the Wallabies failed to get out of the pool stage for the first time.

They also endured record losses to Fiji and Wales, with Jones only managing two wins from his nine Tests in charge.

The 63-year-old had been heralded as the Wallabies' saviour when he was appointed as a 'captain's pick' by chairman Hamish McLennan after the axing of previous incumbent Dave Rennie.

Jones coached Australia to the World Cup final in 2003, and took England to the 2019 showpiece before being sacked late last year after a run of poor results.

But he made a series of confounding decisions on his return to the Wallabies hot-seat, including naming a young, inexperienced squad for the World Cup and leaving out long-serving skipper Michael Hooper and playmaker Quade Cooper.

Australia's players were also rocked when Jones was linked with the Japan coaching vacancy. He was forced to deny he'd interviewed for the role just days out from the tournament opener in Paris.

Two weeks ago, Jones insisted he was "absolutely committed" to overseeing the Wallabies through to the next World Cup, on home soil in 2027.

But by last weekend he had offered his resignation to the RA hierarchy.

It's believed Jones will walk away from his hefty contract without a pay-out.

He insisted he had no other international role to go to, including the Japan position which has yet to be filled.

World Cup-winner Stephen Larkham and fellow former Wallabies assistant Dan McKellar are expected to be RA's top targets to replace Jones.

Larkham is currently coaching the ACT Brumbies after taking over from McKellar, who is head coach at Leicester Tigers in the UK.

McKellar was Rennie's forwards coach, and believed to be viewed as next in line to succeed the Kiwi, but resigned earlier this year when Jones was appointed to the top job.


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