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Eddie Jones appointed as head coach of England rugby team

The Stormers have also confirmed that Jones had left the franchise.

Former Japan coach Eddie Jones. Picture: JRFU Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that Eddie Jones has been appointed as head coach of England's national rugby team.

In a statement, Jones said, "The opportunity to take the reins in possibly the world's most high profile international rugby job doesn't come along every day however, and I feel fortunate to be given the opportunity.

"I'm now looking forward to working with the RFU and the players to move beyond the disappointment England suffered at the World Cup and hope to build a new team that will reflect the level of talent that exists within the English game. I believe the future is bright for England."

Earlier, Western Province Rugby said it had agreed to terms with the RFU.

The former Australia and Japan coach was in London on Thursday to finalise the details of the contract with RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.

Eddie Jones has been named as the England Head Coach on a four year deal. https://t.co/AGfM9hbqTM pic.twitter.com/0fDYXDbcn6

Sky Sports said terms had been agreed.

Media reports have indicated the job will command an annual salary of £500,000.

Jones, 55, was already the hot favourite to take over the position vacated by Stuart Lancaster, with one British bookmaker taking no further bets after money poured in on the Australian.

"There has been plenty of speculation about Jones's future ever since his arrival in Cape Town earlier this month and he officially received an offer on Wednesday of this week which proved impossible to turn down.

"While this is very disappointing for us all at WP Rugby and the Stormers, Eddie is quite clearly the most sought-after coach in world rugby and this is the biggest and most lucrative job in international rugby," said Western Province Rugby Football Union President, Mr Thelo Wakefield.

Wakefield said, "It's a big pity to lose Eddie before he has even had an opportunity to make his mark here but you cannot keep someone against his will, whilst also competing with the richest rugby union at the same time."

Jones will assist Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal with on-field preparation and planning in December, with Smal now overseeing the team's off-season programme.

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