Eddie Jones, a former England coach, has stated that if his Australia team faces England at this year’s World Cup, he will disregard officials of the Rugby Football Union.
After being fired as England coach last month for only five victories in 12 Test matches in 2022, Jones was named Australia coach on Monday.
The quarterfinals of the World Cup in France, which begins on September 8, may feature a match between England and Australia.
Jones told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I’m not thinking about England.
In his second stint with Australia after guiding them to the 2003 World Cup final, the 62-year-old said: “The most crucial thing is for Australia to play superbly and consistently.
“Well and excellent if we happen to cross paths with England en route. I might speak with a few of the players rather than the administration. After that, we’ll continue the conflict.
“Maybe experience is helpful, but once the chapter is over, it’s over.”
Soon after being fired by the RFU, Jones began speaking with Rugby Australia. Final month, Jones told the BBC that he still had “one last big job” in him.
The RFU stated that it believed it would be unjust to bar Eddie from finding alternative work and thus had not included a clause in his severance agreement prohibiting him from coaching a rival team.