Australia’s biggest regret: Wallabies chances of luring Eddie Jones comes to an end as he leads England to a spectacular victory over the All Blacks – and the classy response he gave during a post-match interview
- Eddie Jones guided England to an epic 19-7 Wold Cup victory over the All Blacks
- Jones now unlikely to be pried away to take back his position as Wallabies coach
- 59-year-old won more plaudits on Saturday night for his post-match interview
- He responded to a question by addressing crowd in Japan in their own language
The chance of Eddie Jones reclaiming his position as Wallabies boss is all but gone after his England side stunned the All Blacks in the World Cup semi-final.
England never trailed in a 19-7 victory and will now play in their first World Cup final since 2007 against either South Africa or Wales.
The former Wallabies coach, who is under contract until 2021, will see his market value soar after his side beat New Zealand for the first time ever in rugby’s top competition.
The chance of Eddie Jones (pictured during warm-ups before Saturday night’s win) reclaiming his position as Wallabies boss is all but gone after his England side stunned the All Blacks in the World Cup semi-final
Rumours have swirled for months that Jones could be tempted to return to his home team, however, after Saturday’s victory he looks set to have his choice of jobs around the globe.
Jones, 59, who was sacked two years after leading the Wallabies to the 2003 World Cup final, won more plaudits on Saturday night for opening his post-match comments by addressing the crowd in Yokohama in Japanese.
Jones, who was raised by a Japanese-American mother, briefly spoke in the host nation’s native tongue before complimenting the All-Blacks on their performance.
‘We were playing against a great team today. Steve Hansen is a great coach and Kieran Read is a great captain.
‘I’d like to pay the greatest compliment to New Zealand. They won two World Cups in a row. They have been a great team, so we had to big really deep to beat them.’
The All Blacks proved no match for Owen Farrell’s side as a second-minute try from Manu Tuilagi kick-started a winning performance.
From kick-off England looked confident, with captain Farrell staring down the intimidating Haka before kick off.
England never trailed in a 19-7 victory and will now play in their first World Cup final since 2007 against either South Africa or Wales
The All Blacks proved no match for Owen Farrell’s side as a second-minute try from Manu Tuilagi kick-started a winning performance (final whistle celebrations pictured)
And during the match New Zealand were lucky not to be out of sight as two England tries were ruled out by the video assistant referee.
Jones’ men made a quick start as Tuilagi raced through a group of Kiwi bodies after a ruck to score a try after just 98 seconds.
Owen Farrell converted his kick to set England up for a 7-0 lead.
A penalty from George Ford put England in command at the break to lead 10-0, before extending their advantage with another shortly after.
Ardie Savea eventually broke England’s resistance with a try minutes later to give the Kiwis hope, but further heroics from Ford from the tee gave New Zealand a tough task as England held on for a famous win.
England players were defiant as New Zealand prepared to perform the Haka in pre-game – with Eddie Jones’ men lining up in formation and moving as close as possible to the All Blacks before the crucial World Cup semi-final