Jones denies Stormers link

2015-02-05 07:22
Eddie Jones (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Japan coach Eddie Jones says he knows nothing about possibly replacing Allister Coetzee as Stormers coach.

Coetzee earlier this week announced that he would leave the Stormers after the 2015 Super Rugby season to coach the Kobelco Steelers in Japan.

The Cape Times earlier this week reported that Jones, a former Wallabies coach and Springbok technical adviser, met with WP Rugby in Cape Town last week and negotiations were ongoing for him to become Stormers coach from the 2016 season.

However, Jones is quoted in theSydney Morning Herald saying he was not in Cape Town and knows nothing about a possible job at the Stormers.

"I don't know where that came from... I read one of the reports that I was in Cape Town last week... I was in Tokyo. Tokyo is a long way from Cape Town, I can tell you mate," said Jones.

Jones said he sole focus at present is taking Japan to the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales later this year.

The Stormers play their final Super Rugby warm-up match against the Boland Cavaliers at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday, having already notched pre-season wins over the SWD Eagles (34-3) and the Cheetahs (39-31).

They start their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls in Pretoria on February 14.


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