With the Springboks attack coach, Swys de Bruin, withdrawing from the South African management team just weeks before the World Cup is due to kick off, Rassie Erasmus has been on the lookout for a new man to charge of the side’s offence.

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It appears that 15-cap Irish fullback Felix Jones could now link up with the Springboks squad in the coming days.

Jones was shoulder-tapped by Erasmus last year but was contracted to Pro14 side Munster at the time, preventing the appointment. Jones has now parted ways with the Irish province is theoretically available to join South Africa immediately. Erasmus and Jones previously teamed up as coaches for Munster.

The former Irish representative had his playing years cut short after suffering a major neck injury in 2015. By then he’d managed to clock up over a dozen tests for Ireland as well as almost a century of matches for Munster.

As well as coaching Munster, the 32-year-old has previously worked with Joe Schmidt for the national side.

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