Bulls close to finalising Eddie Jones talks

The Bulls negotiations to secure the part-time services of Eddie Jones, the former Australian World Cup coach who played a significant part in the Springboks’ 2007 World Cup success, could be finalised as early as Thursday next week.

Jones currently coaches Saracens in the English Premiership and the Heineken Cup competitions. He also assisted Jake White in preparing the Springbok team before and during the World Cup in France,

It was originally hoped to finalise negotiations with Jones and the Saracens during the week preceding Christmas. However, CEO of the Blue Bulls Company, Barend van Graan, said negotiations were put on hold as Jones had left for Japan on rugby matters.

It nevertheless seems a foregone conclusion that the Bulls will obtain the services of Jones to from time to time assist new Bulls coach Frans Ludeke with the backline. It will undoubtedly help to alleviate the void that was left with the departure of Australian Todd Louden who was in charge of the backs for the past few years at the Bulls.

Next week’s negotiations with Saracens and Jones will probably focus on the dates on which Jones can be released by the English club to assist the Bulls in Pretoria.

It is ironic that Jones coached the Reds against the Bulls in this year’s Super 14 competition when the Bulls beat the Queenslanders by a Super record winning margin of 92-3 to ensure a place in the semifinal of the Super 14 series.

The Bulls went on to win the Super 14 competition by beating the Sharks in the final with that famous last-gasp Bryan Habana try well after the hooter had sounded.


SAPA Super14.com

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