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Alan Jones to make rugby coaching return

17/06/2008 01:34:11 PM Comments (0)

Missing out on the Wallabies job has not deterred media personality Alan Jones from launching a coaching comeback.

The former Wallabies mentor will return to rugby for a Barbarians match in Brisbane next month.

Jones will hold the reins of a Barbarians XV boasting former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Scott Robertson for a fundraising clash against Queensland at Ballymore on July 13.

Queensland Rugby chairman Peter Lewis caused a stir when he first threw his friend Jones' name up for the then vacant Wallabies coaching job.

He was interviewed by the Australian Rugby Union but predictably lost out to highly successful Crusaders mentor Robbie Deans.

However, Jones has still returned to coaching thanks to Lewis' coaxing - albeit for a Barbarians side that will also include former Wallabies star Toutai Kefu.

Lewis said the Barbarians would also feature England World Cup-winning winger Dan Luger and Argentina's Gonzalo Quesada.

The Barbarians will also include emerging players from Australian Super 14 teams.

"The Force, Brumbies and Waratahs have all said they'll support the match," Lewis said.

The Queensland XV will be led by retired flanker David Croft and will feature current contracted Reds players not involved with the Wallabies.

Jones will be reunited at the match with Alec Evans who helped him steer the Wallabies on their historic 1984 Grand Slam tour.

Evans will be the Barbarians forwards coach.

Lewis said the match would raise money for an off-season Reds development tour and Brisbane's embattled Souths Rugby Club.

The Reds need $100,000 for the development tour.

Lewis said the day would also highlight the financial plight of Souths, the former club of ex-Wallabies such as Andrew Slack, Jason Little, Tim Horan and Dan Crowley.

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