21 Nov 2015

Eddie Jones to coach England

1:27 pm on 21 November 2015

Eddie Jones has officially been named as England's first foreign head coach of the national men's rugby team.

The 55-year-old Australian has agreed to a four-year deal with the Rugby Football Union and will start in December.

Jones, the former Australia and Japan coach, succeeds Stuart Lancaster, whose three-and-a-half-year tenure ended after England's failed World Cup campaign.

"I hope to build a new team that will reflect the talent that exists within the English game. I believe the future is bright for England," Jones said.

"I'm now looking forward to working with the RFU and the players to move beyond the disappointment England suffered at the World Cup."

Jones leaves his role as head coach of South African franchise the Stormers - who he only joined in September after leading Japan in the World Cup.

But after thanking the team, Jones added: "The opportunity to take the reins in, possibly, the world's most high-profile international rugby job doesn't come along every day, and I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity."

Jones will be among the best-paid coaches in world rugby.

- BBC

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