Jones set to take Japan role
December 20, 2011
Eddie Jones has reportedly agreed to take the Japan post © Getty Images
Former Australia coach Eddie Jones is on the verge of taking the helm of the Japanese national side, according to reports.
The former Wallabies coach has apparently been recommended by the Japan Rugby Football Union as the sole candidate to replace John Kirwan. Jones, however, refused to comment saying: "I haven't got any comment to make at this stage. Unfortunately I can't help you."
Jones is currently in charge of Japan Top League side Suntory Sungoliath - a post he has held since 2009 - and the JRFU is expected to negotiate with Suntory to allow the 51-year-old to take charge of the national side in April following the completion of the current season in late February.
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