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Axed Jones set to return to Twickenham

Sacked England coach Eddie Jones is set to make another visit to Twickenham, this time in May as the coach of the Barbarians when they face a World XV.

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Jones was sacked by England last week after seven years in charge as he paid the price for the team’s worst run of results during a calendar year since 2008.

England won only five of 12 Tests in 2022, a miserable streak that came after Jones led them to three Six Nations titles and the 2019 World Cup final.

The 62-year-old Australian is set for a quick return to the headquarters of English rugby union with Barbarians.

Jones previously coached the Barbarians in a 33-31 defeat by Fiji in 2019.

He will take on a world side coached by former All Blacks boss Steve Hansen on May 28.

“I am very much looking forward to returning to Twickenham Stadium — a venue I have so many fond memories of — as head coach of the Barbarians, and I’m more motivated than ever to put on a show,” Jones said in a statement.

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“Going up against Steve rekindles a great rivalry which first started in our days competing in Super Rugby and progressed into the international arena. It’ll be a great challenge and one I’m sure we’re both relishing.”

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