Rugby World Cup Coaching Role Confirmed For Felix Jones
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Former Munster coach Felix Jones has landed himself a World Cup coaching role with former boss Rassie Erasmus. The 32-year-old will be part of the South African coaching team in Japan.
Springboks attack coach Swys de Bruin will not travel to Japan for medical reasons, with Jones drafted in on a short-term basis. But rather than come in as a like-for-like replacement, Jones will act as a defence consultant.
Erasmus and the rest of his coaching ticket will instead manage the Springboks’ attack.
“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.
“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,”
“He is a real student of the game and I believe the players will benefit from his contribution.”
Jones left Munster over the summer along with Jerry Flannery with the province opting to bring in former Wallaby Stephen Larkham and former Lions coach Graham Rowntree.