The Lions are in talks with Eddie Jones with the aim of bringing him to Johannesburg as a consultant.
Jones has severed ties with Saracens and will join Japanese club Suntory as general manager from June.
Lions CEO Manie Reyneke confirmed to this website they are looking to bring Jones in to assist coach Loffie Eloff for the remainder of the Super 14.
‘We are in negotiations with Eddie at the moment,’ Reyneke told keo.co.za. ‘It is a sensitive issue at the moment so I can’t divulge details, but he will hopefully give us input and will be used on a consultancy basis.
‘It could be a major coup for us and we will have some finality on the issue by the end of the week,’ he said.
Keo.co.za has it on good authority that the Lions approached Jake White last week to take over from Eloff in the wake of their 56-18 hiding to the Stormers, but Reyneke denied this.
‘We spoke to Jake, but it was just to get his input on matters,’ said Reyneke. ‘We just chatted informally and he put us in contact with Eddie.’
Reyneke also maintained that Eloff’s job is not under threat.
‘Eddie’s possible move has Loffie’s approval. His contract runs until 31 October and I cant see major changes at this moment in time.’ he said.
‘We will evaluate Loffie after the Super 14, but I think we have over-reacted to some of the results. We have only one loss at home – 16-9 to the Bulls. We could’ve beaten them and the Sharks if the bounce of the ball had gone our way.
‘That Stormers game was atrocious, I don’t want to talk about that, but we haven’t had bad results.’
Jones was unavailable for comment.
By Grant Ball