The Queensland Reds aren’t rushing to offer Eddie Jones the Super 14 coaching job. This is despite glowing endorsements for Jones from Reds players. Queensland Rugby Union CEO Theo Psaros said a selection panel including current Reds international Ben Tune, former Wallabies Dan Crowley and David Codey plus high performance manager Bob Murphy will interview all applicants.
“He (Jones) has officially applied but like every other applicant he’s just now part of the process,” Psaros said.”We expect to make a decision before the start of Super 14.”
“We’ve got a lot of excellent applicants and it’s going to be a tough challenge for our panel.”We’ve just got to look at the candidates and we’re looking for the best available coach for 2007.
“We’re not rushing it because it’s such a crucial appointment.”
The Reds play a pre-season match at Ballymore on January 21 against the Auckland Blues and then they will have another trial match against the Highlanders in New Zealand February the 2nd.
The Reds open their Super 14 campaign with a match against Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium on February 11.