Question marks over Jones’ appointment …claims Welshman does not meet requirements

Question marks over Jones’ appointment …claims Welshman does not meet requirements

CARLOS KAMBAEKWA
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Murmurs of discontent can be heard crystal clear in the corridors of domestic rugby over the questionable appointment of national Currie Cup team head coach Lyn Jones by the Namibia Rugby Union (NRU).

Apart from his impressive resume, having coached in various top leagues and established rugby-playing nations, Jones’ detractors say the Welshman does not meet the most basic essential requirements for the position of head coach as clearly stipulated in the advertisement.

Among the most essential requirements is that the applicant must have at least three years Currie Cup and age grade international experience while he or she must have been coaching in the South African Provincial Currie Cup over the last three years.

Critiques say Jones does certainly not meet the requirements criteria for the job of head coach and are seeking answers to why local coaches, who meet the requirements were not short-listed for the vacant position.

The names of long time campaigners Walter Don and former IRB world cup coach Johan Diergaardt have been branded as more suitable candidates but the pair has been apparently deliberately overlooked.

Attempts to clarify the issue and uncertainty with the rugby union proved futile, as the union seems to have put a blanket on communication with this publication over its uncompromising stance on reporting about racism so prevalent in Namibian rugby.

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