Japanese Rugby
Jones set to take Japan role
ESPNscrum Staff
December 20, 2011
Saracens coach Eddie Jones, Saracens v Newcastle, Guinness Premiership, Vicarage Road, Watford, England, September 21, 2008
Eddie Jones has reportedly agreed to take the Japan post © Getty Images
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Former Australia coach Eddie Jones is on the verge of taking the helm of the Japanese national side, according to reports.

The former Wallabies coach has apparently been recommended by the Japan Rugby Football Union as the sole candidate to replace John Kirwan. Jones, however, refused to comment saying: "I haven't got any comment to make at this stage. Unfortunately I can't help you."

Jones is currently in charge of Japan Top League side Suntory Sungoliath - a post he has held since 2009 - and the JRFU is expected to negotiate with Suntory to allow the 51-year-old to take charge of the national side in April following the completion of the current season in late February.

Jones - who has held roles with the Springboks and Saracens in the past - has also expressed his interest in the vacant England post but also spoke of his desire to coach Japan back in October.

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