RFU did not block Eddie Jones joining rivals for ‘legal and moral’ reasons - The Guardian

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The Rugby Football Union decided against inserting a clause successful Eddie Jones’s severance bundle to forestall him coaching England’s rivals astatine the World Cup this twelvemonth for “legal and moral” reasons, it tin beryllium revealed, aft helium was appointed by Australia.

Jones was confirmed connected Sunday nighttime arsenic the caller Wallabies caput coach, marking a stunning instrumentality to the station helium near successful 2005 and raising the tantalising imaginable of returning to haunt his erstwhile employers successful the knockout stages of the World Cup this year.

He officially takes up the relation connected 29 January, a small implicit 7 weeks aft helium was sacked by the RFU, with Rugby Australia parachuting Jones successful astatine the archetypal disposable opportunity.

Given the magnitude of his tenure arsenic England caput coach, Jones was taxable to UK employment instrumentality which states that employees are entitled to 1 week’s announcement per twelvemonth served. In different words, aft a seven-week announcement play for his 7 years successful the job, Jones volition beryllium escaped to instrumentality the reins of the Wallabies.

He takes with him a wealthiness of intelligence spot and wrong cognition connected England’s players, which would beryllium invaluable should helium fastener horns with his erstwhile broadside successful France aboriginal this year, but the RFU chose not to insert a non-compete clause erstwhile agreeing the presumption of his departure, nor question to enactment Jones connected gardening leave.

An RFU spokesperson said: “When the RFU ended Eddie’s relation arsenic England caput coach, having considered some the ineligible and motivation perspectives, it was decided it would beryllium unreasonable to restrict Eddie successful seeking alternate employment.”

Meanwhile the caller England caput coach, Steve Borthwick, revealed helium sent Jones a connection of congratulations but refused to beryllium drawn connected a imaginable World Cup showdown, insisting his absorption was connected England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland.

“I cognize the World Cup is astir the country but successful 19 days’ clip we play Scotland and that’s our focus,” Borthwick said.

“I’m delighted for Eddie that helium is coaching his location country. The time that I was announced arsenic England caput manager helium sent maine a connection wishing maine the precise champion and this greeting I sent him a connection wishing him the precise best.”

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