Wednesday 18 September 2019

Felix Jones in line to be named South Africa attack coach ahead of World Cup

Felix Jones, left, joining Rassie Erasmus' Springboks coaching staff. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Felix Jones, left, joining Rassie Erasmus' Springboks coaching staff. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
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Former Munster attack coach Felix Jones is set to take up the same role with the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup, according to reports in South Africa.

Jones has been without a team since leaving the southern province last summer, having spent three seasons as part of the team's backroom staff following his retirement as a player. Jones worked with Rassie Erasmus during his time as Munster Director of Rugby, and the Springboks boss now reportedly wants him as part of his World Cup coaching ticket.

South Africa are in need of an attack coach after the departure of Swys de Bruin, who left his position during the recent Rugby Championship due to personal reasons.

Erasmus tried to hire Jones when he initially joined the Springboks, but he decided to stay put. However, he is now expected to join former Munster colleagues Jacques Nienaber and Aled Walters on Erasmus' staff, with the duo holding the roles of defence coach and Head of Athletic Performance respectively.

Making Jones' appointment more interesting is the possibility that Ireland and South Africa could face each other at the World Cup, with a quarter-final meeting on the cards depending on pool stage results.

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