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Eddie Jones set for England job but views are mixed

By Duncan Bech

Published 20/11/2015

Former Japan coach Eddie Jones
Former Japan coach Eddie Jones

England are set to appoint Eddie Jones as their new head coach amid a warning from Dean Ryan that the Australian is a figure who "polarises opinion" after compiling a chequered CV.

Jones has travelled to London for talks with the RFU and with the level of compensation for his release from his Stormers contract believed to have been negotiated, the 55-year-old's appointment is seemingly imminent.

The Cape Town-based Stormers are seeking "final clarity on the situation" but have called a briefing for this morning during which they are expected to confirm his departure.

In a further development, former South Africa coach Jake White ruled himself out of contention to fill any position at Twickenham after declaring his future belongs to Montpellier.

While Australia captain Stephen Moore, who worked under Jones, hailed his vision and preparation, Ryan offers another view.

"Jones certainly comes with a CV packed with trophies and plaudits, yet the ups are often mirrored by some pretty difficult-to-ignore slumps," Ryan said.

"Given this record, the message I hear from inside the game is that he polarises opinion. Depending on who you speak to, you hear he was fantastic or horrendous. There's very little in between."

Moore, who led Australia to last month's World Cup final via a record 33-13 victory over England, has a more positive outlook after backing the credentials of a man who gave him his first cap 10 years ago.

"Eddie is very thorough and always brings a lot of attention to detail," said Moore.

"Eddie's like a global citizen. He's coached all around the world.

"He's a very professional guy and he won't see nationality as an issue at all. He'll have an idea of how he'll want his England side to play."

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