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Last Updated: Monday, 1 October 2007, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Aussie Jones tipped for Wales job
South Africa coach Jake White (left) with assistant Eddie Jones
Jones (right) is helping spearhead South Africa's World Cup campaign
Eddie Jones is the perfect candidate to take over as Wales coach, according to South Africa coach Jake White.

Jones is working as a technical advisor to the Springboks at the World Cup, and is set to work as a consultant at English club Saracens next season.

And White said: "Eddie is a very special rugby coach. I don't think a country can go far wrong in getting a guy like Eddie Jones involved.

"He is one of the astute students of the game and a well-respected coach."

Wales have launched a worldwide search for a new coach after sacking Gareth Jenkins on Sunday.


Jenkins paid the price for Wales' exit at the pool stages of the World Cup, bringing a premature end to a disappointing 17-month period in charge.

Jones, who led Australia to the 2003 World Cup final, immediately emerged as one of the leading contenders to succeed Jenkins, and White believes he has all the right credentials.

"You've seen what sort of impact he's made on the Springbok team and you can see what impact he made on the ACT Brumbies and the Wallabies," said White.

"He hasn't mentioned anything to be about the Wales job so I'll speak to him when I get to the team hotel.

"Hopefully he'll take it on next year because we've got to play Wales at the end of this year."

We must have in place a clear structure and strategy that will take us forward and that will be attractive to the very best

WRU group chief executive Roger Lewis

Welsh Rugby Union group chief executive Roger Lewis has said a caretaker coach is likely to be in charge for that game in Cardiff on 24 November.

Lewis said they would take time to guarantee they make the correct appointment after conducting a full review of the Welsh rugby structure.

Whoever is appointed will become Wales' sixth coach in as many years, and Lewis admitted the short shelf-life of previous incumbents could put off perspective candidates.

"That could be a consideration," Lewis told BBC Radio Wales. "That's why it's so important for us all to behave properly, in a measured way.

"We must have in place a clear structure and strategy that will take us forward and that will be attractive to the very best."

Lewis also revealed that the search to fill the newly created post of Elite Performance Director (EPD) will be stepped up.

The WRU announced in March their intention to appoint someone whose brief would be to ensure the maximum number of top players achieve their potential and build competition for places in Wales.

Former Wales coach Kevin Bowring, currently the head of elite coach development at the Rugby Football Union, has been linked with the new post.

The WRU says the position could be filled from within rugby, from another sport, or from a business, academic or commercial background.

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