Moore: Jones has right credentials for England job


Australia captain Stephen Moore has backed Eddie Jones to be a success as England head coach, with the former Japan boss widely expected to replace Stuart Lancaster.

Jones is set to become the first coach from overseas to take charge of England despite only last week starting his reign at Super Rugby side Stormers.

The 55-year-old was shortlisted for the World Rugby Coach of the Year award after almost guiding Japan to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time.

Japan won three of their four Pool B matches - including a sensational victory over South Africa - but just missed out on a place on the last eight.

Jones is said to be the man with international experience that the Rugby Football Union (RFU) want to replace Lancaster, whose tenure ended by mutual consent after England become the first host nation to fail to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup.

Moore knows all about Jones' qualities having played under him for the Wallabies and thinks he would be a shrewd appointment.

The hooker said: "In 2005 I played my first Test under Eddie, so I'm not sure what's happening there but I now Eddie is a really good coach and will do a good job whatever team he takes - I think as you saw with Japan at the World Cup, the way they played and the way they were prepared. 

"He's very thorough, a lot of attention to detail with Eddie. I think he would certainly be looking at many different sports and teams and see what they're doing, make sure whatever team he's in charge of is right at the forefront of whatever teams are doing around the world in very area.

"He's very professional coach, he knows what is important to win and how to prepare teams to win."

Moore, who will line up for the Barbarians against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday, believes Jones will have plenty of talent to work if he takes the job.

"I think England rugby have always got plenty of depth," he added. "I've seen their Under-20s team for the last however many years perform really well in the World Championships, so they've got no problem with talent and depth.

"Their playing stocks are very healthy, their domestic game is very healthy. They are key ingredients to having a good national team. I'd say if Eddie does come in he'd be very excited about the depth of talent and resource he's got to work with."