Jones gets Super Rugby job

Date published: April 24 2015

The Japan Rugby Football Union has announced that Eddie Jones will be head coach of the new Japanese Super Rugby team from next season.

Jones, the former Wallaby boss, is currently head coach of the Brave Blossoms but is set to lead the Tokyo franchise in an exciting new era for the country.

2016 will see Super Rugby expand to an 18-team format, with an outfit from Argentina and another South African franchise also joining the Japanese.

"As the first Director of Rugby, I feel a large responsibility as well feeling fortunate," Jones revealed to the JRFU's official website on Friday.

"More than anything else, though, I look forward to working with staff and players to build a team that represents Japanese rugby.

"With pride and passion we'll take part in Super Rugby and I hope this will give Japanese players experience of rugby at an international level."

The former Brumbies head coach added: "Taking part in the challenge of Super Rugby is extremely important for Japanese Rugby.

"The tough battles of Super Rugby make it possible to advance from Top League rugby to test match level.

"This will give many Japanese rugby players the chance to play international rugby regularly."