Rugby coach Eddie Jones is to join Goldman Sachs's Japan advisory board. This panel mostly comprises of corporate leaders of blue chip companies.
Jones is better known for his role in coaching Brave Blossoms, Japan's national rugby team and leading them to victory over South Africa in this summer's Rugby World Cup, a win that everyone thought was unachievable. Japan won three of its matches during this competition.
Masanori Mochida, president of Goldman Sachs Japan who also played rugby for Keio University, said, "[Jones has] achieved the impossible by bringing the Japanese team to a level on par with the best in world rugby."
Jones said that his role in Goldman will "definitely not be about banking" but to use his experience of managing people from different cultures and manoeuvre them into working as a team. He is expected to travel twice a year to Tokyo to attend meetings of the board.
With regards to his time as the rugby coach of Japan's 31-member team of which more than one-third were born outside Japan, Jones said "The question was how do you get everyone to work for the same thing. You had to work out what was negotiable and what was not."
Only last week, the 55-year-old Australian was selected as the next head coach of England. He will succeed Stuart Lancaster, who left the England set-up on 11 November following England's miserable World Cup campaign where they failed to go past the pool stages. He is expected to officially begin his coaching duties in December and leave his England role after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Jones said that his roles both at England and Goldman were "a once in a lifetime opportunity."