Jones set to drop Stormers - again

2015-11-23 08:31
Eddie Jones (File)

Cape Town - Eddie Jones appears to have no intention to return to Cape Town and help the Stormers with their pre-season preparations.

Jones shocked the Cape franchise last week when he agreed to become England’s new head coach, barely a week after being unveiled as the new Stormers coach.

The Stormers announced Jones’ departure last Friday, but according to Western Province Director of Rugby, Gert Smal, Jones was due to return to Cape Town in December to help the Stormers prepare for Super Rugby.

“Eddie will come in early December,” Smal said last Friday. “We will sit down and then we will do the pre-season phase. We won’t pay him anything. It was purely a thing from his side. He really feels bad about it.”

However, at his first media conference as England coach, Jones said he had no plans to return to Cape Town.

According to Rapport, Jones told a reporter when asked about his preparations for the Six Nations: “I’m not going back to South Africa, mate. I’ve agreed to do something for World Rugby in Los Angeles next week. When that is finished, I’ll be going back to Tokyo to greet my wife and advise her to pack her rain jacket. I’ll be back in England on December 1, ready to start.”

Read more on:    stormers  |  england  |  super rugby  |  eddie jones  |  cape town  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Springbok coach Allister Coetzee remains defiant, saying he won't resign despite a shambolic two years at the helm. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.