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Jason Demetriou vs Eddie Jones, South Sydney Rabbitohs, England rugby union, coach

South Sydney coach Jason Demetriou has responded to a public request by England rugby boss Eddie Jones to coach in the NRL at the Rabbitohs club.

Demetriou is sixth in his first year as an NRL head coach while Jones will coach England to next year’s Rugby World Cup in France.

However, Jones revealed his next coaching ambition was a shock switch to the NRL at South Sydney, the club he has supported since childhood.

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“If there was an opportunity there[in the NRL]I’d jump at it, but the reality is it’s probably not there,” Jones said.

“(South Sydney) will be a dream team. That would be his dream.

“I have supported Souths since I was five years old. That’s fantastic (for training rabbits).

“I loved the old teams with Ronnie Cote, Bob McCarthy, John Sattler and Eric Sims.”

Demetriou Jones was less than impressed with the public manner in which he announced his desire to become an NRL coach and has no plans to give the former Wallabies coach his place.

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Eddie Jones wants to coach the Rabbitohs in the NRL.Source: Getty Images

“If he wants to call and talk, by all means, I’m happy to do that,” Demetrio told reporters on Friday.

But it may not be the way to promote yourself in the press.

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Jason Demetriou wasn’t surprised by Eddie Jones’ public comments on Souths coaching.Source: Getty Images

Jones, 62, coached the Welshmen from 2001 to 2005 and has been England boss since 2015, until his contract expires at the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

At 46, Demetriou had a long career as an assistant under Wayne Bennett at the Broncos and Souths and won 13 of his 20 NRL games at the Rabbitohs.

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