Cape Town - Eddie Jones has already agreed terms to become England’s new head coach, leading UK sports website Sky Sports has revealed.
Jones, despite being just a week into a three-year contract with the Stormers, will become England’s first foreign rugby coach.
It is believed that the Stormers, seeking financial clarity on the matter, will confirm Jones’ departure on Friday.
The RFU will have to financially compensate the Stormers, but money is not an issue for English rugby's governing body, having cleared over £15m profit from hosting the Rugby World Cup on top of its slice of revenue as a tier one nation from World Rugby.
The Capetonians have now accepted that Jones will leave them, and former All Blacks coach John Mitchell appears to be the front-runner to replace Jones.
A Stormers official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP on Thursday: "We are going to lose Eddie. It is a matter of when he goes not if he is going.
"John Mitchell is a possible replacement. We have to move fast as I believe he is in demand and the Super Rugby season is just three months away."