England rugby boss Eddie Jones ‘desires to fulfil his lifelong dream of coaching South Sydney within the NRL’ – here’s why he has such a powerful connection to the Rabbitohs
- Jones is contracted to teach the English national side until November 2023
- Report claims he would then be very keen to take over as coach of the Rabbitohs
- The 62-year-old wore Souths’ colors when he played rugby league as a boy
English rugby coach Eddie Jones reportedly desires to return to Australia to teach the NRL side he fell in love with as a boy – the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The previous Wallabies coach has told his closest friends that he’d prefer to lead the Bunnies and follow within the footsteps of his predecessor Alan Jones, in accordance with the Sydney Morning Herald.
Alan Jones coached the Balmain Tigers from 1991-93 after excelling because the leader of Australia’s national rugby side, but he had little attachment to rugby league prior to creating the switch – unlike Eddie.
The 62-year-old wore the club’s famous red and green strip as a boy when he played league for La Perouse Public School in 1970, alongside union legends Mark, Glen and Gary Ella.
Jones (pictured before an England Test in March this 12 months) proudly wore South Sydney’s strip when he played rugby league as a boy
His contract to teach England’s national side runs out in 2023 and he’s reportedly keen to emulate former Wallabies mastermind Alan Jones and make the switch to top-flight league
La Perouse, situated in Sydney’s south-east, is a nursery for South Sydney players and falls inside the team’s catchment area for juniors.
Ian Aird, who coached Jones and the Ella brothers, described Jones as a ‘very full of life kid and really chatty’.
‘As a player he was not just like the Ellas but still excellent. He definitely understood the sport thoroughly,’ Aird told the Herald.
That understanding led Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart to say the ex-Wallabies mastermind could make it within the cutthroat world of NRL coaching.
‘Could he do it? I actually have little question he could if that was on his radar,’ Stuart said in 2019.
‘To transfer a coach from code to code … well, they (union and league) have never been closer, so yes, it’s doable.’
Current South Sydney coach Jason Demetriou’s side currently sit sixth on the latter on the back of 4 straight wins after enduring a difficult begin to the season – his first with the club
Jones made headlines after England wrapped up the Test series against the Wallabies on the SCG as he got involved in a furious clash with a fan who called him a ‘traitor’ (pictured)
Jones’ contract to guide the English national side runs until November 2023 and there was speculation that Rugby Australia desires to bring him back into the fold with the Wallabies over again.
He made headlines last weekend when he had a fiery clash with a fan after England beat Australia in the ultimate Test of their three-match series on the SCG.
Jones was called a ‘traitor’ by fan and Channel Nine executive James Paton as he walked near the sideline just after full time, and responded by storming over and shouting, ‘What did you say? Come here and say it!’ while a ground official tried to carry him back.
Rugby Australia was later condemned by fans for in search of to ban Paton from attending games for five years over the incident.