Rugby

Stormers laugh off R15 million compensation

2015-11-20 12:38
Thelo Wakefield (Gallo)

Cape Town - The Stormers have laughed off reports that they received R15 million in compensation after Eddie Jones broke his contract with the union to take up the England coaching position. 

There were reports earlier in the week that England's Rugby Football Union (RFU) would have to pay that figure to the Stormers if they were to lure him to Twickenham, but that issue was cleared up at a press conference held at Newlands on Friday.

"There is a transfer fee involved. I am not going to divulge the figure. I think it's confidential between us and the RFU," Western Province president Thelo Wakefield said.

"Be assured of the fact that it's not near R15 million as reported in some newspapers."

That figure stemmed from reports that Jones was receiving R5 million per year at the Stormers - and the franchise also dispelled that notion.

"I think it's been said that Eddie was getting R5 million (per year)," said director of rugby Gert Smal.

"That was definitely, definitely not the case and I want to put it on record."

Jones is set to return to Cape Town in December to help out with the Stormers' pre-season preparations, and Smal confirmed to Sport24 that there would be no payment for that consultancy.

"Eddie will come in early December," said Smal.

"We don't pay him anything. It was purely a thing from his side. He feels bad about it.

"He really wants to see that we go ahead properly with what he started."

How long Jones will spend with the union is unclear.

"It all depends on his time. It's nice to have him ... not just for now but also for the future, and that's the relationship that we've struck up with him," said Smal.

"He really enjoyed it here. It's just that the opportunity was so big that he couldn't refuse."

 

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