Fiji coach in line to replace Japan coach Eddie Jones

John McKee is in line to replace Eddie Jones

Fiji coach John McKee is emerging as the favourite replace the current Japanese national team coach Eddie Jones and to take charge of new Japanese Super Rugby franchise the Sunwolves in a dual role.

Japan coach Eddie Jones has signed to coach the Stormers in Cape Town South Africa after resigning from both positions in Japan.

Reports from Australia suggest that McKee is on Japan’s short list of candidates and although the final decision is yet to be made he has a strong chance of landing the position.

The Fijians are part of the Rugby World Cup’s Pool of Death and are set to finish fourth in the Pool but could have performed better had they been placed in a different pool.

McKee’s coaching assistant is South African Frans Ludeke who led the Bulls to back to back titles in 2009 and 2010 and will be expected to join him if he is appointed.

The current Fiji coach McKee led his team to the Pacific Nations Cup title earlier this year by beating Tonga 30-22, Japan 27-22 and drawing with Samoa.

In the final Fiji beat Samoa 39-29.

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