Stormers confirm Jones is new Super Rugby coach

Eddie Jones will coach the Stormers in Super Rugby next season

Cape Town based Super Rugby franchise the Stormers have announced that Japan
head coach Eddie Jones will take over as their new head coach from the start
of the 2016 Super Rugby season.

The former Brumbies, Reds and Wallabies coach was also Springbok technical
advisor at the 2007 World Cup and takes over from Allister Coetzee, who moved
to Japan after the Stormers’ SA Conference-winning 2015 Super Rugby campaign.

“Our Director of Rugby, Mr Gert Smal, always promised that he would deliver
the best and in Eddie Jones I am more than satisfied that we have appointed
the best coach to take over the reins of the Stormers, ” said WPRFU
President, Mr Thelo Wakefield.

“Eddie is no stranger to South African Rugby and we look forward to making
him feel welcome and ensuring that he brings more silverware to Newlands. ”

Having guided the ACT Brumbies to Super Rugby success back in 2001, Jones coached
the Wallabies between 2001 and 2005 – delivering Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup
success, as well as taking them to the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final on home soil.

The 55-year-old will best be remembered by South African fans for his role
in the Springboks’ 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph, whilst he has also previously
held coaching roles with the Queensland Reds (in Australia), English club Saracens
and Japanese outfit, Suntory Sungoliath.

And just this weekend, Jones gave the rugby world a reminder of his abilities
and tactical appreciation by guiding Japan to a shock 34-32 win over the Springboks
in 2015 Rugby World Cup action in Brighton.

Speaking about Jones’s appointment, Gert Smal said: “As I said from the
start (of our search for a coach), this has been a thorough process, which saw
me look both internally and externally.

“Eddie was always on my mind in terms of potential external candidates
and it’s a massive coup that we have signed a coach of his ability – really,
his coaching credentials and achievements do speak for themselves.

“I really enjoyed our interactions and working with Eddie during the 2007
World Cup, he can add even more value here – both in terms of pushing for trophies
and, importantly, in helping the continued development of our coaches and players. ”

Jones commented: “I am a coach that enjoys a challenge and I see this
job as a huge challenge, but one that excites me tremendously.

“Having worked with the Springboks in 2007, and in the process working
closely with people like Gert Smal, Allister Coetzee, Jean de Villiers and Schalk
Burger, it gave me a brief taste of what Stormers rugby and Western Cape rugby
is all about.

“I am well aware of the responsibilities that come with this job, one
of the biggest franchise jobs in world rugby, but I am also excited about the
talent available in the Stormers squad and the potential of this playing
squad. This is a challenge I am looking forward to. ”

Jones will arrive in Cape Town at the conclusion of his 2015 Rugby World Cup
commitments with Japan’s national team.

“We will get Eddie here as soon as we can after the Rugby World Cup, so
he can get started with his 2016 preparations. He is obviously focusing on Japan’s
World Cup campaign at present, where he has already made a significant impact,
but we look forward to welcoming him here as soon as he is able to get here, ”
said Smal, WP’s Director of Rugby.

Smal, meanwhile, also confirmed that Robbie Fleck (attack) and Paul Treu (defence)
would remain in their respective Super Rugby roles, with a new senior forwards
coach potentially on the union’s shopping list ahead of 2016.

WP Rugby recently confirmed the signing of outstanding young Springbok lock
Pieter-Steph du Toit, as well as the retention of four young Springbok stars,
Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Siya Kolisi and Damian de Allende on long-term
deals.

New signings Jano Vermaak (scrumhalf) and JP Smith (prop) are already part
of WP’s 2015 Absa Currie Cup squad, whilst experienced loosehead prop JC
Janse van Rensburg and Springbok speedster Cornal Hendricks will join WP Rugby
ahead of the Stormers’ 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Said Smal: “Our new Currie Cup coaching team of John Dobson, Dawie Snyman,
Paul Treu and Vlok Cilliers is working well together and Robbie Fleck has done
very well in his new role as head coach of our Under-21 team. Having a guy like
Eddie to learn from could only be a good thing for all of our coaches here at
WP Rugby – from junior level upwards.

“Eddie’s appointment, along with our new player acquisitions – with more
signings to still be revealed, is a clear sign of our intentions to challenge
for Super Rugby silverware and to continue with our success in local competitions,
both at senior and junior level. “

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