Victor Matfield confirmed that he has reunited with former Springbok assistant Eddie Jones in a massive boost for Japan.
Matfield told Sunday newspaper Rapport that he has joined Jones’ coaching staff as a consultant to the Japan national team.
Jones, who served in a similar capacity with the Springboks when Matfield won the World Cup in 2007, returned as head coach of Japan after a difficult stint with the Wallabies last year.
“It’s nice to get involved on an international level and work with Eddie,” Matfield told Rapport.
“I’ve said a lot that I’m a big fan of Eddie.”
Since retiring from his 127-Test career in 2015, Matfield has been involved with coaching several teams, including the Vodacom Bulls and Lions.
“This position is more formal,” the former lock explained.
“I will fly to Japan twice to be involved in the Japanese camp there for two weeks before tests.
“I will also do weekly analysis of the other teams for them and forward plans.”
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