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Last Updated: Friday, 25 May 2007, 12:09 GMT 13:09 UK
Jones to resume Saracens position
By Mark Orlovac

Eddie Jones
Jones's Australia lost to England in the 2003 World Cup final
Former Australia coach Eddie Jones will rejoin Saracens this summer as a part-time consultant.

Jones, who resigned as Queensland coach earlier this week, is relocating his family to the UK and will be at Sarries for "between three and six months".

He has been linked with various jobs, including the director of rugby role at Northampton, but says he has not had any concrete offers from any club.

"I want to make sure my next job is at the right club," he told BBC Sport.

"I will probably be at Saracens anywhere from three to six months, it is pretty open," he said.

"As soon as I get over to the UK, I will start to look for a director of rugby or head coach's role - probably not for the coming season but for the season after.

I am looking for a club that has the ambition, resources and personnel to be able to go forward

Eddie Jones
"No clubs have approached me, there have been a few nibbles here and there but nothing substantial.

"It is a case of coming over and seeing how the ground lies. I am not in any rush."

The 47-year-old worked as a consultant with Saracens last year, helping them to survive relegation, before joining Queensland last summer.

But the Reds finished bottom of the Super 14 table this year with just two victories and he announced his resignation on 21 May.

Eddie Jones (R) and Alan Gaffney
Jones (R) and Gaffney worked together at Saracens last season
He is set to arrive in England in July for his stint with Sarries and will then look for a permanent role.

Jones has been linked with Northampton, who are looking for a director of rugby following their relegation from the Premiership, while it has also been suggested he could take over from fellow Australian Alan Gaffney as Saracens rugby director next year.

"I am looking for a club that has the ambition, resources and personnel to be able to go forward," Jones said.

"I would not know if Northampton would be one of those clubs. The only club I really have knowledge of in England is Saracens so I am unaware of Northampton to the extent of where their ambitions lie.

"Saracens have not said anything about a permanent role. They have all their staff in place so that is not a possibility at the moment."

Jones, who has also coached ACT Brumbies, was Wallabies coach from 2001- leading them to the World Cup final in 2003 - to December 2005, but was sacked after a run of eight defeats in nine games.

He is also considering consultancy offers from a couple of teams at this year's World Cup, and says it is the right time to leave Australia.

The top teams in England are comparable to any of the provincial teams in the world

Eddie Jones
"In terms of Australian rugby I probably can't do anymore," he added.

"There are only four pro teams and the national team. I have coached the Brumbies, Reds and Australia so in reality there is not much more for me to do.

"From a family point of view we would like to settle down, our daughter has four years left of high school and we would like to move to England so she can finish off her schooling there."

Jones also spoke favourably about the state of the game in England.

He added: "I watched the Leicester and Gloucester Premiership final and I thought that if Leicester were playing the Bulls, [the Super 14 champions] it would be a pretty good contest.

"The top teams are comparable to any of the provincial teams in the world and the thing about the Premiership is that you have tension down the bottom end of the competition.

"Whilst the quality of the play at the bottom might not be as good as some of the top sides in the Super 14, certainly the intensity is much greater because they are playing for such high stakes."



SEE ALSO
Jones resigns as Queensland coach
21 May 07 |  Rugby Union
Jones rules out England position
12 Dec 06 |  English
Diamond sacked as Saracens coach
08 Feb 06 |  English
Jones sacked as Wallabies coach
02 Dec 05 |  Internationals
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05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment


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