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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 December 2006, 15:29 GMT
Jones eyes spell in England job
Eddie Jones
Jones would give a 10-month deal at England 'serious consideration'
Former Australia coach Eddie Jones is interested in filling the vacant England post on a short-term basis for the 2007 Six Nations and the World Cup.

Jones was coach of the Australian side who lost to England in the 2003 World Cup final but was fired last year.

"Having coached at international level I'd like to do so again and a job coaching England is one of the biggest in the world," he said.

Jones also sees a semi-final berth at the World Cup as a realistic ambition.

"There are only six sides competing for fourth spot, so the chances of reaching a semi-final are pretty good," he added in an interview in the Sunday Times.

If the RFU asked me to look at a 10-month contract, I would most definitely give it serious consideration

Eddie Jones
"You have to beat South Africa in the group stage but, if you do, anything can happen because you get momentum."

With just eight weeks until England start their 2007 Six Nations campaign, speculation is mounting over who will replace Andy Robinson as head coach.

Robinson was axed last week after winning just nine of his 22 games in charge.

A host of names have been linked with the England job, including Jones, former South Africa coach Nick Mallett, former Wasps and Ireland coach Warren Gatland, Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards, Bristol boss Richard Hill and Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan.

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"Nobody wants to see England doing poorly because it is not in the interests of the game globally," said Jones, who is coach of Super 14 club Queensland Reds.

"So if the RFU asked me to look at a 10-month contract through to the end of the World Cup, I would most definitely give it serious consideration."

My job is here. I am here for the long term

Gloucester coach Dean Ryan
Jones, who has also coached at English club Saracens, said he would be happy working with the existing specialist coaches in the England set-up and would bring in former rugby league player Andy Farrell as centre.

He was also impressed with Gloucester fly-half Ryan Lamb.

Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan, meanwhile, has distanced himself from speculation linking him with the post.

"The only reason my name is being mentioned is because Gloucester are doing very well in the Premiership," he said after Saturday's EDF Energy Cup win over Bath.

"My job is here. I have built a relationship with a group of players here. I have invested a huge amount of me in them, and they have invested a huge amount in me and I want to see that through to the end.

"I am here for the long term. I am here, under contract, for the forseeable future."



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