Eddie Jones is the Head Coach of the England national rugby team. Having led the side to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final after a memorable victory over the All Blacks, he will be looking to add his name to the history books with victory over Japan in the final on 02 November 2019. Having masterminded a win over the Kiwis in the semi-final with a sensational performance that proved England's credentials as a world-class team, Jones' stock is rising at an unstoppable rate. Pulling together a unified side who displayed passion, determination and bravery in their victory, he ensured England have a shot at greatness.
Ahead of the semifinal against New Zealand, Jones' England team stepped up to form a V shape in front of the fear-inducing haka, a show of strength that typified the courage of the team under Eddie Jones. They started fast with a try in the opening minutes of the game from Manu Tuilagi as England were quick in the tackle, accurate in the pass and clinical when they needed to be. Their 16 turnovers were the most recorded by any team at the World Cup and the joint-most in the tournament's history.
The achievement ranks as the highest point of Jones' four-year reign thus far. Prior to taking over the England job, he was the head coach of Australia between 2001-2005 where he was on the receiving end of England's last World Cup win, missing out to a Jonny Wilkinson drop-goal in the final moments. Jones then took on the assistant coach role for Springboks as they won the 2007 Rugby World Cup before he took over at Saracens and Suntory Sungoliath. He then took the top job at Japan, leading them to the 2015 World Cup where they memorably prevailed over his former side, South Africa.
In 2015 he became England manager, becoming the national side's first foreign head coach. Due to his performance at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, his contract was extended for two years until 2021. Within a year, Eddie Jones and his side had secured their first Grand Slam victory since 2003. He then recorded a 3-0 series win over Australia, the first time England had ever left a tour of Australia with all three test victories to their name.
Impressively, Jones led England to 14 consecutive wins in his opening games to record an enviable record of winning all games in the calendar year. His first defeat came in the 2017 Six Nations Championship, against Ireland in Dublin where they were prevented from a second successive Grand Slam. They did, however, win the tournament.
2018 would not go as well for Jones, as England crashed in the Six Nations, finishing in their worst ever position of fifth. Further defeats followed thick and fast. They didn't fare much better in the 2019 Six Nations Championship and a damaging draw against Scotland ended their hopes of success. But when it mattered most at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, Jones' team turned it on, winning all of their group games, before defeating Australia and New Zealand in the quarter-finals and semi-finals respectively, setting up a final against South Africa in Japan.
A wonderful rugby coach and speaker, Eddie Jones is able to share stories from his sensational career in the game. Discussing the highs and the lows as well as England's journey to the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final, he is a must-have rugby speaker suited to all manner of events whether you're looking to inspire or entertain.