Jones handed Super Rugby role

Former Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has been appointed director of rugby of the new Japanese Super Rugby team.

Jones is currently in charge of the Japan national team, and will continue in a dual role similar to the one currently held by Waratahs and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

The appointment of Jones is a massive coup for the as yet unnamed Super Rugby franchise, with the 55-year old having previously coached the Brumbies and Reds in the competition.

'As the first director of rugby, I feel a large responsibility as well feeling fortunate,' Jones said of his appointment. 'More than anything else, though, I look forward to working with staff and players to build a team that represents Japanese rugby.

'With pride and passion we'll take part in Super Rugby and I hope this will give Japanese players experience of rugby at an international level.'

The new side will be based in Tokyo, but will play up to four matches in Singapore. They will be in one of the two new South African conferences that will be part of the new 18-team format.

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