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Erasmus Confirms Role For Felix Jones In Springboks Setup

Felix Jones

Director of Coaching of South Africa Rugby, Rassie Erasmus, has confirmed that former Munster coach Felix Jones will take up a role in the Springboks setup for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. 

South Africa have been without an attack coach in recent weeks since the departure of Swys de Bruin from the coaching staff.

Jones recently left Munster as the team’s attack and skills coach and he will now reunite with Erasmus, who of course, was Director of Rugby with Munster before the arrival of current head coach Johann van Graan.

Felix Jones
Felix Jones and Rassie Erasmus during their time with Munster

SA Rugby have confirmed that Jones will join the Springboks as a consultant rather than as a replacement attack coach.

“I spoke to the players after Swys decided to step down and the consensus was that we didn’t want a new attack coach,” said Erasmus, Director of Coaching at SA Rugby.

“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.”

On Jones, Erasmus added:

“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.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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