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Australia need a generational change – Jones rules out Wallabies return

England head coach Eddie Jones has no interest in a second stint in charge of Australia and insists the Wallabies need a “generational change”.

Michael Cheika’s position as Australia coach came under increasing scrutiny during a dismal 2018 that saw them win just four of 13 Test matches.

The 52-year-old has previously stated he will step down from the role if the Wallabies do not win this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Speculation has suggested that Jones, who led Australia to the 2003 World Cup final, would be first choice to replace Cheika despite having made an acrimonious exit in 2005.

However, Jones – who is contracted to England until 2021 but has a break clause should they underperform at the World Cup – plans to stay in Europe and has been linked with taking over a developing nation such as Germany or Georgia, or potentially replacing Jacques Brunel as France coach.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Jones said: “I am happy in Europe.

“The Wallabies need a generational change in culture.” News wire is powered by opta

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