Should the RFU want Eddie Jones as England coach, they will have to buy out the Australian’s three year contract with the Stormers, reportedly worth R15 million (£700 000).
The former Japan coach signed the contract with the South African franchise in September. However, the departure of England coach Stuart Lancaster and the RFU’s suggestion that money would be no factor in appointing a new coach have thrown doubt over whether Jones will stay in Cape Town.
Adding fuel to the fire of Jones swapping Table Mountain for the Tower of London is the fact that bookmakers have suspended taking bets on him getting the England job.
Meanwhile, business magnate Johann Rupert, co-owner of the Stormers, revealed on Wednesday that the RFU would have to pay out the entirety of Jones’ contract – which is R5 million (£233 000) a year until 2018 – if they want him.
The deal made Jones the most well payed coach in South African rugby history, earning more than Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.