Munster’s Jones turns down Rassie

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Munster skills coach Felix Jones has rejected an offer from South African director of rugby Rassie Munster to join the Springboks’ back-room staff.

Having already secured the services of former Munster coach in fitness guru Aled Walters, Erasmus has, according to the Irish Independent, reportedly been unsuccessful in recruiting another former colleague in Jones.

Erasmus’ hopes of keeping the same coaching group together that saw Munster finish top of the PRO12 log in 2016/2017 have been dashed by Jones, who comes highly-rated.

Jones is seen as a central part of Irish Rugby’s plans going forward having been recommended for the Munster head coaching position by Ireland coach Joe Schmidt, whom he helped on Ireland’s tour of Japan last June.

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