Eddie Jones quits Saracens for family

Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has stepped down from his position as director of rugby at English Premiership club Saracens.

He will be replaced by former Springboks and London Irish centre Brendan Venter on July 1.

Jones said family reasons where behind his decision to leave Vicarage Road one season into a three-year deal.

"After careful consideration, I have decided to leave Saracens at the end of the current season. My reasons are entirely personal," said Jones.

"My wife and daughter have always given me unqualified support but it is now time for me to put the family needs first.

"I have greatly enjoyed my time with Saracens extending back to 2006 and I wish the directors, staff and players well in the future.

"Naturally I remain 100 percent committed to the Saracens cause and eagerly look forward to building on the progress we have made this season and ensuring we challenge for a top 4 finish in the Premiership and maintain our strong momentum in the European Challenge Cup."

Under Jones the Wallabies made it to the 2003 World Cup final and he later teamed up with South Africa coach Jake White to help the Springboks to lift the World Cup in 2007.