The Lions are hoping to enlist the services of former Wallaby coach Eddie Jones as consultant for the rest of the Super14.
De Jongh Borchardt writes for Rapport that Lions chief executive Manie Reyneke confirmed on Monday that they are in talks with Jones, who assisted South Africa as consultant during their victorious 2007 World Cup campaign.
He also helped the Bulls for a short period.
It is his knowledge of Australian rugby, in particular, that can help the Lions in their two tour games against the Australian sides.
Jones coached the Brumbies and Wallabies for several seasons and in 2007 was at the helm at the Reds.
He was involved at English club Saracens until recently but cut ties with them and is expected to continue his career in Japan.
Meanwhile, the Lions are hoping to build on their good win over the Brumbies.
The Lions leave for their tour after Saturday’s match against the Hurricanes at Coca-Cola Park. Things can go badly wrong Down Under if they don’t board the plane in good spirits.
But they can get a confidence boost if they beat a team higher than them on the log for a second consecutive weekend.
The victory over the Brumbies has given the Lions the confidence to take on the Hurricanes. The team from Wellington was one of the Super14 favourites early in February, but has not quite been able to get going and is mid-table after six games.
Coach Eugene Eloff would have noted the manner in which the Bulls took the wind from the Hurricanes’ sails last Friday. Like the Bulls against the Hurricanes, the Lions also defended well and took their chances against the Brumbies. They must build on that on Saturday.
“Yes, the victory over the Brumbies was a huge improvement. The team showed plenty of fighting spirit, but we still have to improve,” said Eloff.
“We could still have scored another try or two, which would have alleviated the pressure. We will look at decision-making and finishing this week.
“This is our last game before we tour. If we can pull this one off, it will give us momentum and mean we leave in a good position on the log. Hopefully it is a turning point for us.”Tweet