Los Angeles (AFP)

England manager Eddie Jones will join the San Diego Legion as a part-time consultant, US Major League Rugby (MLR) franchise announced on Wednesday.

"My main commitment remains to England and my other international responsibilities, but I have a passion for the development of rugby," Jones said in a statement issued by San Diego.

The San Diego Legion has said the Australian will advise the California franchise "at all levels", on and off the field.

“I was very impressed with the vision and ambition displayed by San Diego and its owners, who want to deliver a professional rugby team with the clear goal of winning trophies. I am excited to support them in this company, "added the vice-world champion with England (2019) and Australia (2003).

San Diego president Darren Gardner said signing Jones must help transform the club from a disappointed MLR finalist against Seattle last year into a "world-class rugby organization."

"Eddie Jones is the benchmark for professionalism and global success in the world of rugby, and we believe he is the best person to help us," Gardner said.

Jones, who has extended his coach's contract until 2023 and the World Cup scheduled in France, has twice won the Six Nations Tournament with England (2016, 2017), including the first year with the Grand Slam.

Before leading the XV de la Rose, the 60-year-old former hooker was coach of Japan (2012-2015), where he helped develop Japanese rugby and achieved a resounding feat in the World Cup 2015 defeating South Africa.

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