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Lions reach out to Jones

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Lions, Super 14 on 24 Mar 2009 at 06:51
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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.”


  • I predict these guys will be the 3rd placed SA team this year.

    Sorry Stormers. 😉

    Not because of Jones MAYBE becoming involved.

    The Stormers have a SUPER tuff tour

    The Lions have a reasonable tour.
    Western Force

    Those two tours coupled with what i think the Lions are capable of makes me say that.

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.03.09 07:23:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :

    I really don’t think so hey bru. There is no way we gonna lose more than maybe 3 games, we might even win 3 out of 5.

    The Lions are useless and will continue to lose matches against overseas opposition.

    You seem to have a soft spot for them don’t you??? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.03.09 07:47:14 by wpw Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : i have said that from day one. everyone laughed it off. and after their start i was starting to choke on my foot. but i think with a good forwards coach in loffie and a good backline in jones, i think they have a good chance. they aren’t out of the semis yet, but they have a lot of work ahead of them. if loffie is open to learn from jones, then i feel the lions have a good couple of years ahead. but the administrators must make sure loffie is listening or it will be a waste of money.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.03.09 08:17:46 by try time Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 2) :

    You gonna win 3 of those 5 matches? 😯

    Nooit dude. I think you have a chance against the Highlanders and that is about it. And that comes at the end of a very long tour.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.03.09 08:18:46 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) : stormers problem is not their coach or the quality and depth they have, it is the individualism of the players. the stormers probably have the best individuals in sa, but they battle to gel as a team. it may be a case of too many egos in a small space.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.03.09 08:20:11 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 5) : look at the sharks weakness. where is the biggest ego in the team? and where did the Reds target to get their victory? yet when the ego was moved to a position where it was easier to defend, the backline looked the strongest it has all season.

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.03.09 08:29:51 by try time Reply

  • From keo.

    Lions CEO Manie Reyneke confirmed to this website that they were in talks with Jones, but the Australian has been summoned by his Japanese employers earlier than expected.

    ‘I don’t think it’s going to happen mate, Suntory want me there earlier,’ Jones told keo.co.za. ‘I would have loved to be able to be involved with the Lions, but circumstances didn’t allow.’

    Although Reyneke denied that Jake White has also been in talks with the Jo’burg side, Jones acknowledged the fact.

    ‘Jake and I have been chatting about the possibilities, but it wouldn’t work out for the both of us,’ said Jones.

    Jones was adamant the Lions had the resources to be higher on the log than their lowly 13th position at the moment.

    It would have been good, but seems it is dead in the water. 🙁

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.03.09 08:45:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Like this Thread :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.03.09 09:10:20 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 8) :

    no, like Man Utd!!! 😈

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.03.09 09:15:40 by wpw Reply
  • Pos Team P Pts
    1 Manchester United 29 65
    2 Liverpool 30 64
    3 Chelsea 30 61
    4 Arsenal 30 55
    5 Aston Villa 30 52
    6 Everton 30 48
    Oh look, STILL on top with a game in hand! 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.03.09 09:22:08 by Rahul Reply

  • @Rahul (Comment 10) :

    You only as good as your last game… Fulham

    Make that last 2 games. 1-4 1-4 1-4

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.03.09 09:42:11 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 11) : Carragher accepts the title is still in United’s hands with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men still having a game in hand over their arch-rivals

    Loser :mrgreen:

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.03.09 09:51:49 by Rahul Reply

  • Boshoff’s time with the Lions is finished.

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.03.09 15:37:43 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 13) :

    Wow. Thanks for the update Walter!!! 🙂

    I guess it was to be expected after what he did.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.03.09 15:43:27 by wpw Reply
  • He was found not guilty but is leaving with mutual agreement.

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.03.09 15:52:34 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • and sounds like he will be paid out in full for his remaining contract until end October

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.03.09 15:53:21 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World

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