Telltale sign Eddie Jones will LEAVE the Wallabies as Rugby Australia release tone-deaf video thanking fans for their support during disastrous World Cup campaign

  • Eddie Jones was a major omission from a Wallabies video 
  • The 63-year-old has been linked with a shock Australia exit 
  • Japanese media claim he is close to ditching the Wallabies 

The Wallabies have released a video thanking fans for their support during the World Cup, but there is no sign of Eddie Jones in a major telltale sign about the coach’s future.

Jones oversaw a disastrous campaign for the Australians who crashed out at the pool stage following defeats to Fiji and Wales in France.

The former England coach returned to Australia just nine months ago but his future has been clouded by uncertainty amid links to the Japan head coach vacancy. 

Jones reportedly underwent a secret interview before the tournament kicked off, while Japanese media claim that he is expected to ditch the Wallabies for the Brave Blossoms imminently. 

And a video released by Rugby Australia has provided another sign that Jones may not be at the helm for much longer.

Eddie Jones was a major absentee in a video released by the Wallabies

A message from captain Will Skelton was posted to the Wallabies’ Twitter page, in which he thanked Australia fans for their support during the doomed tournament.

While the video saw comments from fans slamming them for the tone-deaf nature of the clip, eagle-eyed viewers spotted a major omission from the montage.

There was no Eddie Jones.

Jones strongly denied the Japan links while Rugby Australia backed the coach when the story first emerged, but reports in Japan claim that faith in the 63-year-old has deteriorated since their exit. 

Prior to the Japanese report, Jones privately reassured rugby boss Phil Waugh that he is committed to the Wallabies job, while his assistant Pierre-Henry Broncan said that Jones will only stay if he can see true potential for growth. 

‘If he doesn’t have the means or if he feels that things will continue as before, it will be hard for him to stay,’ he said. ‘If he senses a real desire from Rugby Australia to create a high-performance environment, I think he will be there.’ 

The 63-year-old is reportedly expected to ditch Australia for the Japan job

The 63-year-old is reportedly expected to ditch Australia for the Japan job

Jones coached Japan from 2012 to 2015 and oversaw a miracle World Cup campaign, in which they defeated South Africa. 

He is married to a Japanese woman and has a close relationship with Japan rugby chief Masato Tsuchida. 

When quizzed on the initial Japan links, Jones fired back: ‘I don’t know what you are talking about mate.

‘I take umbrage to people questioning my commitment to the Australia job.’