Jones in league switch?
6 Feb 2009
Eddie Jones is reportedly not happy with the South African outlook at Saracens and could defect to rugby league club Wigan.
Francois Pienaar and Morne du Plessis are on the Saracens board as directors, while Johann Rupert is an investor. The club has players Neil de Kock and Cobus Visagie on their books, while Jones was influential in bringing Wikus van Heerden and Brad Barritt to Watford.
Bok World Cup-winning coach Jake White was also recruited by Jones as a consultant, but The Australian newspaper reported that “Jones was not happy with the direction in which the new South African co-owners of Saracens were taking the club.”
Jones’s discontent first arose when Australian chief executive Mark Sinderberry left the club two months ago.
He is now linked with a move to rugby league club Wigan Warriors, where his captain at Sarries, Andy Farrell, formerly played. Farrell has also been linked with a return to the club.
Jones has no league expereince, but The Australian describes him as a “keen student of rugby league and he has incorporated elements of the 13-a-side code in his rugby strategies.”
If Jones does leave Saracens, Stormers defence coach Brendan Venter is rumoured to be the best prospect to take over.