Eddie Jones has been reappointed as the head coach of the Japan national rugby team, marking his second tenure in the role. Jones previously led Japan from 2012 to 2015, achieving notable success, including the historic victory over South Africa at the 2015 World Cup. The 63-year-old Australian, who resigned as the Wallabies coach in October after a disappointing World Cup campaign, will officially assume his position with Japan at the beginning of January.
During his first stint with Japan, Jones guided the team to significant accomplishments, and his return is anticipated to bring experience and strategic leadership. Despite initial denials in September about being interviewed for the Japan coaching position, Jones's ties to the country, with his mother and wife being Japanese, may have played a role in his decision to accept the role. The announcement comes after Jones' recent resignation from the Australia coaching position, signaling a new chapter in his coaching career with Japan.
Jones, known for his successful coaching career, also had a notable tenure with England from 2015 to 2022, achieving three Six Nations titles and leading the team to the 2019 World Cup final. However, he faced challenges and was dismissed in December 2022 following a series of disappointing results. The seasoned coach's return to Japan reflects his ongoing commitment to international rugby and his readiness to contribute to the growth and development of the sport in the country.