Eddie Jones named Stormers coach

Date published: September 21 2015

The Stormers have officially named Eddie Jones as their head coach for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

The Australian is no stranger to South African rugby, having served as a technical advisor to Jake White during the Springboks successful 2007 Rugby World Cup campaign.

"I am a coach that enjoys a challenge and I see this job as a huge challenge, but one that excites me tremendously," said the 55-year-old.

"Having worked with the Springboks in 2007, and in the process working closely with people like Gert Smal, Allister Coetzee, Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger, it gave me a brief taste of what Stormers rugby and Western Cape rugby is all about.

"I am well aware of the responsibilities that come with this job, one of the biggest franchise jobs in world rugby, but I am also excited about the talent available in the Stormers squad and the potential of this playing squad. This is a challenge I am looking forward to."

Jones will take over the reins from Allister Coetzee, who has been in charge since 2010. The 52-year-old is moving to Japan where he will be the head coach of the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

The former ACT Brumbies coach made the headlines the world over on Saturday, as he guided his Japanese side to memorable win over South Africa at the Rugby World Cup.

Western Province Rugby Football Union President, Thelo Wakefeild, is backing Jones lead the Stormers to many trophies during his tenure.

"Our Director of Rugby, Mr Gert Smal, always promised that he would deliver the best and in Eddie Jones I am more than satisfied that we have appointed the best coach to take over the reins of the DHL Stormers," he said.

"Eddie is no stranger to South African Rugby and we look forward to making him feel welcome and ensuring that he brings more silverware to Newlands."

Gert Smal revealed that Jones will be bound for Cape Town as soon as he has finished his commitments with Japan at the ongoing World Cup.

"We will get Eddie here as soon as we can after the Rugby World Cup, so he can get started with his 2016 preparations, said Smal.

"He is obviously focusing on Japan’s World Cup campaign at present, where he has already made a significant impact, but we look forward to welcoming him here as soon as he is able to get here.

"Eddie's appointment, along with our new player acquisitions – with more signings to still be revealed, is a clear sign of our intentions to challenge for Super Rugby silverware and to continue with our success in local competitions, both at senior and junior level."