Eddie Jones is set to be reappointed as the head coach of Japan’s national rugby team pending approval from the union’s board, local media reported Sunday, less than two months after he walked out on the Wallabies.
The 63-year-old Australian has been strongly linked with a return to the Japanese team that he led to a historic win over South Africa at the 2015 World Cup in England.
Local media reported that Jones was successfully interviewed by the Japan Rugby Football Union on Thursday in Tokyo.
His reappointment is set to become official pending approval from the union’s board on Wednesday, sports newspapers including Sponichi said.
The role Jones played in steering Japan to the stunning 2015 victory over South Africa — in a match remembered as “Miracle of Brighton — made him the perennial favourite on the JRFU list of candidates.
Jones’s wife is Japanese and lives in the country. His mother is Japanese-American.