Eddie Jones linked to Stormers head coach job

Former Reds, Brumbies and Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has been linked with Cape Town based Super Rugby franchise the Stormers as their new head coach.

Current Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has announced that he will be leaving at the end of the season to coach in Japan replacing Gary Gold at the Kobe Steelers.

Gold has taken the Director of Rugby position with the Sharks in Durban so his departure opened the door for Coetzee to move to Japan.

Eddie Jones is currently the Japan head coach and is popular in South Africa as he was a technical assistant to Jake White in 2007 when the Springboks won the world cup.

Jones was credited for inspiring the Springbok backline but was not re-appointed after the 2007 world cup so he moved to England and coached Saracens.

The Australian then moved to Japan where he became head coach of Suntory Sungoliath before taking control of the national team.

Jones replaced John Kirwan in 2011 as Japan head coach and under his guidance the team went unbeaten through 11 matches and have beaten the likes of Samoa, Italy and Wales.

According to reports in the Cape Times, Jones was in Cape Town last week and negotiations are ongoing for him to take charge of the Stormers from 2016.

In 2001 Jones coached the Brumbies to a Super Rugby title and was then appointed as Wallabies coach where he led Australia to a world cup final on home soil.

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