Jones appointed Reds coach



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Ex Wallaby & Brumbies coach Eddie Jones has agreed to take charge of Australian Super 14 team Queensland Reds.

Jones has negotiated a three-year deal with the Reds and will work on player development and recruitment before taking over the coaching role from Jeff Miller at the conclusion of the 2006 Super 14 season.

Miller, appointed in October 2003, was told last year his contract wouldn’t be renewed after 2006. “This is a real coup,” said Queensland Rugby Union chairman Theo Psaros.

“I am thoroughly looking forward to the challenges which lie ahead,” said Jones. “There is great potential within this team.”

Jones coached the ACT Brumbies to the Super 12 title in 2001, before succeeding Rod Macqueen as Wallabies coach, taking them to the 2003 World Cup final.

Queensland finished third last in 2005. They are the only Australian team from the Super 12 never to have made the final. The team won five of their 11 games in 2004.

Jones was coach of the Wallabies for 57 tests and won 33.  Against top five-ranked nations New Zealand, South Africa, France and England, the Wallabies had 14 wins in 36 matches.

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