Rugby: Eddie Jones resigns as Wallabies coach after World Cup failure

Eddie Jones has resigned as Australia coach after a calamitous World Cup campaign, but wants one more job in charge of a test team before retirement, he has told The Australian newspaper.

Less than two weeks after saying he would honour his contract to lead the Wallabies until the next World Cup on home soil, the former Japan and England coach says he has agreed terms with Rugby Australia relating to his exit.

“I gave it a run," Jones told The Australian. "Hopefully, I will be the catalyst for change.

"Sometimes, you have to eat shit for others to eat caviar further down the track."

SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - OCTOBER 07: Head Coach, Eddie Jones looks on during a Wallabies training session, at Stade Roger Baudras on October 07, 2023 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Jones told the paper his decision came as imminent changes to the system that underpins the ailing game in Australia looked unlikely to transpire in the short term.

The youthful Wallabies squad he selected exited the World Cup after a campaign that included back-to-back losses to Fiji and Wales in the earliest departure from the global showpiece for the twice-world champions.

He had returned to Australia in January after being sacked by England last December but managed only two wins - against Georgia and Portugal - in nine matches.

Jones was dogged by reports during the World Cup that he had been interviewed for a return as coach of Japan, the home nation of his mother and wife, which he has repeatedly denied.

"I haven't got any job offer," Jones told the newspaper. "I've been living apart from my wife, because she lives in Japan. 

"I want to spend a bit of time with her. I want to stay married.

"I think at 63, I don't want to get divorced."

From December, he says he would "like to coach another international team".

"I'd like to coach one more team, one more cycle".