Dim the lights and get the popcorn ready, Eddie’s show is here.

One of the most extraordinary turns in Australian rugby – in code familiar with such drama – shocked both the global rugby community and the wider Australian sports scene as veteran coach Eddie Jones was confirmed on Monday as the Wallabies manager for the next five years. .

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Just a few short months after Dave Rennie was cheered on as coach at this year’s World Championships in France, and less than a week after hosting a Wallaby training camp on the Gold Coast, the Kiwi packed up his bags and headed home to Novaya Gazeta. Zealand. after he was fired for reporting a 6am Zoom call.

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With Super Rugby Pacific not due to start until February 25th, thus kicking off the rugby season in Australia, the appointment of Jones was a kick in the arm for a code that could be fighting for access to the media when the action is in full swing, let alone mid-January, while many are still sunbathing on the beach.

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Jones is currently summing up in London and will travel to Down Under shortly. But 62-year-old former prostitute Randwick doesn’t have time to sunbathe on Coogee Beach – Jones is already well-planned for 2023 and beyond, according to Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan.

However, we believe he could use a little help with this to-do list! Here’s what should be top of Eddie’s agenda when he gets home at the end of the month.

Meet the Super Rugby Franchises

This seems like an obvious starting point due to the disruption that Jones’ appointment will cause, and the simple fact that there were 40 would-be Wallabies on the Gold Coast last week taking instructions from Rennie. As Samu Kerevi explained in an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday, the Kiwis have created a harmonious wallaby culture, in part by mending the cracks created by Israel Folau’s saga.

“Thank you Coach for bringing this team together through culture and hard work,” Kerevi wrote.

By visiting the Brumbies, Force, Rebels, Reds and Warat in the coming weeks, Jones can make a plan for the year, how he wants to work with each of the managers and what exactly he wants to see from the players in team. their desire for test selection. While many 2022 Wallabies will be disappointed with Rennie’s departure, those on the fringes of international duties and others who fell out of the previous regime’s plan or were never part of the plan will be supported by a change in coach.

Keep his assistants safe

Even before Rennie’s dismissal, there was a turbulent period in the Wallabies’ coaching ranks. First, Matt Taylor stepped down as defensive coach in August, before offensive guru and longtime Jones colleague Scott Wisemantel stepped down just after Christmas. Asked if Wisemantel might be tempted to return, Jones told reporters. Sydney Morning Herald “At the right time, I will talk to him and see where he is looking.”

The loss of such a respected attacking operator is a huge blow to the Wallabies, and so close to the World Cup that Jones may have to pick from a list to replace him, it certainly won’t be long. But perhaps the answer lies primarily in who Jones sees as his half of the fly? Rennie had a clear pecking order with Quaid Cooper, Bernard Foley and then Noah Lolecio, although Ben Donaldson even started from 10th ahead of the Brumby boy in Cardiff. If Cooper is Jones’ man, finding the right person to work with the Queensland veteran will be crucial.

Stop at Captain Wallaby

It’s not the most urgent task on Jones’ list, but it will be one of the most important this year. Will he go back to Michael Hooper? Does Hooper really want to take on that responsibility again? If James Slipper continues; Will he be Australia’s first-chosen underdog in the middle of the year?

These are all valid questions. But Jones might want to go around them all and look for someone new: maybe Samu Kerevi? Many in Australian rugby say Kerevi is the right fit for the job, despite his current contract with Suntory. If Kerevi is in good shape, he is possibly ranked 12th in the world and therefore a starter in the Wallabies XV race. He also has leadership experience when he was the skipper of the Reds. And, perhaps most importantly, he is one of the few wallabies who have already worked with Jones during his time at Suntory. If Eddie wants to make a difference, Kerevi seems to fit the bill.

Determine the parameters of his foreign players/Gito’s law.

This proved to be a difficult dispute for Rennie and the RA board. Kiwi told the media during the spring tour that he was going to push for an extension of the Foreign Player Selection Policy, affectionately known as the Gito Law, ahead of the World Cup. Currently allowed three foreign players per series or tournament, Rennie selected Quaid Cooper, Sama Kerevi and Marika Koroibete for a three-test series against England before the midfielder fell during the Commonwealth Games, allowing him to bring in Rory Arnold as coach. for the rugby championship. When Cooper was injured in a game with the Cougars, Bernard Foley was brought to justice. Finally, Foley and Will Skelton were selected for the Spring Tour team.

Considering that Jones has already gotten the RA board to fire Rennie, it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t get something as simple as a simple policy extension – even just for the World Cup – if he wanted to. If he’s happy with Gito’s law as it stands, then Jones should have a clear idea of ​​who he’s picking, at least until injury potentially occurs. In any case, the RA has already stated its intention to limit or possibly phase out this policy entirely in the coming years, and McLennan has made no secret of his desire to repatriate more players from abroad.

Meet interested NRL players

That won’t affect Jones’ ambition to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy as head coach for the first time this year, but it will still be high on his agenda in the coming months. RA Chairman McLennan has made no secret of his desire to lure in some high-profile recruits ahead of the 2025 British & Irish Lions series and then the World Cup on home soil. Rugby report card podcast about NRL players “actually calling us at the moment”.

Jones has already indicated his interest in signing some NRL players, at least those with rugby experience. Topping the list is 19-year-old Joseph Swali’i, who has already been closely associated with a return to the 15-man game. Suaalia’s ascent to the Sydney Roosters fullback shirt and the wealth that comes with it is blocked by skipper James Tedesco, with Kiwi Joey Manu also thought to sit above him in the pecking order. There is no doubt that Sua’ali’i will attract huge interest from rival NRL clubs; but no one can offer him the absolute poster boy status that RA can offer over the next few years.

With the Wallabies in the spotlight as a quarterback – or at least struggling to find this standout candidate – Jones may very well throw all his passes into the swaalia breadbasket.

Develop a plan to win the Rugby World Cup

As of January 19, there are 235 days left until the Wallabies’ first World Cup match against Georgia in Paris on September 9. For a man who has repeatedly said he is “working on a World Cup” as England manager, I don’t have a second to travel to France with the Wallabies.

He has already spoken about his excitement about returning to the role he last held in 2005, saying that he got up at 4:30 a.m. one morning to “do push-ups and sit-ups” to make sure he was at his best. physical form for the upcoming task.

On the field, Jones has five tests before the first Cup match against Georgia: South Africa [A]Argentina [H]New Zealand [H]New Zealand [A] and France [A]. It’s not much time to dive into game patterns, combinations and communication, but the 62-year-old turned England from 2015 World Cup losers to Six Nations Grand Slam champions in a shorter span of time. He also turned the script for the All Blacks in the 2003 World Cup semi-finals in Sydney, after having previously lost 50-22 at the same stadium.

Whatever the case, it would require one of the greatest coaching achievements in any sport in recent memory—an act that truly deserves McLennan’s label of “greatest comeback story of all time.”