Jones confirms Stormers talks for head coach job

Japan coach Eddie Jones says that he has not yet signed a contract to coach
the Stormers in the 2016 Super Rugby but admits that he is in talks to take

Reports on Monday revealed that Jones was set to replace Allister Coetzee as
Stormers coach but the 55-year-old says that he is only looking at his options.

South African media stated that Jones’ appointment would be announced next
week and that he would be the highest paid coach in South African Rugby at R5m
per year.

Jones is on contract with the Japan Rugby Football Union as coach of the Brave
Blossom until the end of the year and he says he is weighing up his options
for next year.

“I am chatting with (the Stormers) but that’s the extent of it,”
Jones told Japan’s Kyodo News on Tuesday.

“I am off contract in 2015 and I’m looking at my options.

“Players and coaches sign contracts and do everything they can until the
contract comes to an end. But you need to look elsewhere when your contract
is coming to an end. That’s professional rugby.”

Jones said that while he is keen to stay in Japan who will a new Super Rugby
team next year and host the 2019 rugby World Cup but he has always been drawn
to the appeal of doing something different.

“That’s why I came to Japan after coaching in England,” he said.

“No Australian has done anything in Japan. I like new challenges and that’s
why I am chatting with them.”

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