Tuesday 17 September 2019

Springboks confirm Felix Jones as replacement for attack coach - but not in a straight swap

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
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Felix Jones has been confirmed as a short-term consultant with the Springboks for their World Cup campaign.

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 current Springboks boss Rassie Erasmus during his time as Munster Director of Rugby, with the former fullback now filling the vacancy created by the departure of Swys de Bruin as attack coach, who left his position during the recent Rugby Championship due to personal reasons.

However, Jones will take on a new role and not be a straight swap for De Bruin.

"I spoke to the players after Swys decided to step down and the consensus was that we didn’t want a new attack coach," Erasmus said in a statement.

"The feeling was that bringing in someone in that role now with new ideas now would be destabilising at this last stage of the preparations.

"But they were interested in having more analysis of defensive patterns and structures to assist in breaking down the opposition."

"Felix will bring a fresh eye to our analysis and planning and I am looking forward to his input," Erasmus added.

"He is a real student of the game and I believe the players will benefit from his contribution.”

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