Jones leaves Stormers high and dry

Date published: November 23 2015

Despite promising to help the Stormers with their pre-season preparations, it appears departing coach Eddie Jones has no intention of returning to Cape Town.

Former Japan mentor Jones was unveiled as England's new Head Coach last Friday, just a week after making his first appearance in Stormers colours.

When Western Province Director of Rugby Gert Smal announced Jones' departure he added that the Australian had made a commitment to assisting the Stormers prepare for the 2016 Super Rugby season while they hunted a replacement coach.

"Eddie will come in during early December, and we'll do some planning with him during that time," Smal told the local press.

"Eddie wanted to come back in, he feels bad about what happened, and wants to see that we go forward properly." 

However, when Jones spoke to the English media in London about his preparations for the Six Nations, he made it clear he had no plans to return to Newlands.

"I'm not going back to South Africa," Jones told reporters. 

"I've agreed to do something for World Rugby in Los Angeles next week. When that is finished, I'll be going back to Tokyo to greet my wife and advise her to pack her rain jacket. I'll be back in England on December 1, ready to start."

Whoever is chosen to replace Jones will have to bring the same attacking philosophy to the game. Smal insists any candidate will have to have six years experience as a Super Rugby coach, leaving the options limited. 

"A lot is in place here at WP already," added Smal. 

"We want to play a certain style and we won't change that."

Jones is reported to have drafted a training blueprint from which the Stormers are set base their preparations.

"I don’t believe it will be a tough sell because the style and type of game we want to play is in line with approaches that are taking hold in world rugby at the moment," added Smal. 

"A new coach, and the type of coach we’re looking for, will be able to adapt easily."