Eddie Jones has given a strong indication that he is interested in taking on the Japan coaching job for a second time. After leaving the Australian post early following a disappointing World Cup campaign, Jones has expressed his desire to coach the Brave Blossoms again. Although he previously denied interviewing for the Japan coaching vacancy, he now admits that he is keen on the position. While leading the Barbarians invitational team against Wales, Jones confirmed that he would soon return to coaching. Currently on holiday in Japan, Jones has told local media that rugby in Japan has always been his passion and he would jump at the chance to coach the national team again.
Jones has a strong connection to Japan, having previously coached them to a historic victory over South Africa at the 2015 World Cup. He is highly regarded in the country and holds a consulting position with Suntory Sungoliath. Despite not having received a job offer, he has expressed his interest in coaching Japan if approached.
Jones believes that both Australia and Japan need an overhaul in order to achieve success. He has urged Japanese administrators to be courageous and make necessary changes as they enter a new four-year cycle. According to Jones, if Japan continues with their current approach, they will start to decline. Therefore, he believes it is crucial to do things differently and make a big push forward.
Frans Ludeke, the South African coach of Japan Rugby League One champions Spears Funabashi Tokyo Bay, is also rumored to be in the running for the national coaching job.
In conclusion, Eddie Jones has hinted at his interest in coaching the Japan national team for a second time. Despite not receiving a job offer yet, he remains passionate about rugby in Japan and would eagerly accept the opportunity to coach the Brave Blossoms again. Jones believes that both Australia and Japan need significant changes for future success, urging Japan to be courageous and take a different approach. Frans Ludeke is also a potential candidate for the coaching role.