Curiously, Andy Marinos, the RA’s chief executive, was in that role with the South African Rugby Union when Jones was hired to work alongside Jake White.
Telegraph Sport revealed in July that RA were considering the possibility of offering Jones the chance to return to his homeland with a senior role after the World Cup next year, but that process should now be accelerated given his sudden availability.
Hamish McLennan, the chairman of RA, confirmed that he contacted Jones on Saturday.
“Yes, I spoke with Eddie on Saturday evening Australian time after the dramatic turn of events last week,” McLennan told Telegraph Sport.
Asked what was discussed, McLennan did not go into detail but replied teasingly: “noodle stuff”.
“It’s fair to say that hell has no fury like a despised Eddie,” he added. “I can’t confirm this, but I’m pretty sure Eddie’s first love is Wallaby Gold.”
McLennan’s background in the business world – he is currently chairman of a global digital advertising real estate company – shows he is willing to leave no stone unturned for talent when it becomes available and is believed to There is an element of surprise within RA that the RFU decided to do without his services so close to the World Cup.
Steve Borthwick, who should succeed Jones as head coachwill only have five competitive games in charge of making his mark on the England side before the team departs for France next August.
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