Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones believes he can lead the Queensland Reds to a Super 14 title within two years if given the job.
Jones was sacked by the Australian Rugby Union after a dismal Northern Hemispshere tour and has his sights set on Queensland. Current Reds coach Jeff Miller was told his contract won’t be renewed when it expires at the end of 2006.
Speaking from Japan, Jones says he is excited about the young Queensland team.
“I am a professional coach looking for a job,” he said. “Having been at the international level I now want to do something that is challenging and the idea of coaching Queensland is certainly a challenge. I am not committed to the job but I am definitely interested in it as an option.”
“Obviously any side wants to do well straight away but most sides improve gradually. With the talent available in Queensland I believe the Reds could win the Super 14 in a couple of years.
“The key is to give yourself the best chance by making sure you have the best of everything. The best players, the best staff and the best facilities with everyone working together.
“International rugby and Super 14 are completely different. The aim in Super 14 is to score points, but the basic principles don’t change.
“You still need to compete at the scrum, lineout and breakdown and you must be strong in the core positions.”
“As Australian coach I had the luxury of being able to go around and look at all the national talent squads and without doubt Queensland has the most talented crop of youngsters in the 15 to 17 years age group.
“Put that together with some of the young guys we just took away on the Wallaby tour and the potential is enormous.”
“Coaching a team like that is an exciting prospect and I will certainly be contacting the Reds when I get back to see if there is any interest.”
Jones is also rumoured to be a contender for coaching the Japanese national team.