From Super Cup upset to Super Rugby

AFTER plotting Japan's extraordinary World Cup victory over two-time champion South Africa, Eddie Jones has agreed to a move to Springbok country.

The Australian coach will take charge of the Stormers in next year's Super Rugby competition after moves to include a Japanese franchise in the competition have failed to materialise, leaving Jones frustrated.

"I've found myself questioning the ambition of the people running the sport there," he said.

"It's very disappointing. I worked pretty hard to make the Super Rugby thing happen, but it doesn't look like working out."

The Stormers confirmed the agreement with Jones just 48 hours before Japan's pivotal World Cup meeting with Scotland in Gloucester later tonight.

The Australian goes back a long way with former Springbok flanker Gert Smal, who is now director of rugby at the Cape Town-based Super Rugby franchise.

"We'll get Eddie here as soon as we can after the World Cup so he can start with his 2016 preparations,'' Smal said. "His appointment, along with our new player acquisitions, is a clear sign of our intention to challenge for Super Rugby silverware and continue our success in local competitions."

Now 55, Jones joked after Japan's victory over the Boks that he could "look forward to retirement". But the lure of Super Rugby, a tournament he won with the ACT Brumbies before taking over as Wallabies coach in 2001, has proved irresistible.

- INM



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