England head coach Eddie Jones has hinted at a cross-code switch when his contract expires after the 2023 Rugby World Cup, declaring himself “open to all offers”
England head coach Eddie Jones said he “would certainly look at” any opportunities to make a cross-code switch when his contract expires after the 2023 World Cup in France.
Jones, 61, was a guest of Sky Sports for their live Super League coverage of tonight’s clash between Warrington Wolves and St Helens, and was asked before the game if he would consider coaching in the 13-man code.
“Look, post the World Cup in 2023 I’m open to all offers,” he replied.
“I grew up around Redfern so I love the Rabbitohs and love rugby league, it’s in my blood and if there was an opportunity post the World Cup I’d certainly look at it.”
Back in June, Jones emerged as a surprise contender to replace John Morris as coach at Cronulla, but although the rumours soon died down, his latest comments are bound to spark intrigue.
Jones, who took England to the World Cup final in 2019 but endured a disappointing Six Nations last year as his side finished fifth, added he was looking forward to working with former league player Martin Gleeson.
The 41-year-old is the newly appointed England attack coach and Jones said: “Rugby league in some ways is similar to union – we are trying to get the ball to the other end as quickly as possible.
“It’s the little nuances of defence and attack and you’re trying to see if u can pick up something new.
“Rugby league is a game where the attack is more sophisticated because they don’t have contests, so we feel we can pick up a fair few good ideas from Martin.”
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Jones, of course, is no stranger to mischievous media comments, and he couldn’t resist a sly dig at the opposing code during his interview.
On which league player he’d like to see in union he replied: “I like Jake Connor at Hull. He’s a tough, skilful player, and if he got a bit fitter he could make it.”
When the question was reversed he said: “Luke Cowan-Dickie would make a fantastic prop.”
Jones then enjoyed clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium from the stands, with St Helens running out 24-14 winners thanks to second-half tries from Mark Percival and James Bentley.